Washington, D.C. (July 14, 2016)–“Today’s House vote—along with yesterday’s White House announcement that President Obama intends to sign the bill—is a tremendous victory for American farmers, co-ops and consumers. This bill will ensure that there will be no 50 state patchwork of labeling laws. It will give grocery shoppers access to more information than ever before about how the food that they purchase was produced. And it will provide producers and their co-ops with certainty as they make marketing decisions for the current crop and as they look forward to making planting decisions for next year’s.
“Vital to today’s achievement has been the leadership displayed by lawmakers from both sides of the aisle, who have worked for several years to craft a solution to the looming crisis created by the Vermont GMO labeling law. In the House, Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway and Ranking Member Collin Peterson once again proved their strong commitment to American agriculture; also instrumental were Congressmen Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield, who introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act last year, and Energy and Commerce Committee Chairman Fred Upton. In the Senate, Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow dedicated long hours to negotiating this legislation that has gained broad bipartisan backing.
“A final key to getting to this point has been the unity displayed across the food and agriculture value chain. The Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food has brought together a remarkable, diverse group of organizations and has shown what can be accomplished by working together towards a common goal.
“We look forward to moving from the legislative to the implementation phase on this issue and will continue providing input as the U.S. Department of Agriculture begins the rulemaking process.”