Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act an important initiative

Editor,

Delaware State Farm Bureau recently joined hundreds of farm organizations across the United States in support of the H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.

The U. S. House of Representatives passed the act with a bipartisan vote!

I would like to take this opportunity to publically applaud Congressman John Carney for his vote supporting this very important initiative.

  • The legislation creates a national GMO-free certification program, modeled on the widely accepted National Organic Program – giving consumers the option to buy non- GMO foods.
  • The legislation will ensure consumers have access to the information they want while avoiding the costly price hikes and misinformation associated with various state food labeling laws.
  • The legislation also helps create a uniform labeling standard for foods made with genetically modified organisms
  • The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act guarantees that federal regulators will remain in charge of food safety and labeling in the United States, just as they have been for decades.

Without this legislation consumers will face price hikes in their grocery bills. The state-to-state patchwork approach to food labeling would dramatically slow interstate commerce as farmers and food producers are forced to adjust to differing standards.

In Vermont, a can of vegetable soup would require labeling while a can of vegetable beef soup would be exempt.  It is obvious members of Congress understood the negative consequences of a 50 state patchwork of labeling laws.

We must now focus on the U.S. Senate to support legislation that embraces science-based standards for food labeling while protecting consumers and the farm families that produce the food their families enjoy every night.

Editor’s Note: Katherine (Kitty) Holtz is president of the¬†Delaware State Farm Bureau.

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