(Washington, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on the introduction of a national food labeling proposal by Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts (R-Kan.):
“We thank Senator Roberts for introducing this proposal and for his continued leadership to resolve an issue vitally important to people across the country. We also greatly appreciate the Chairman quickly scheduling a mark-up so that the full committee can consider this proposal in a timely manner.
“This common-sense solution will provide consumers with more information about ingredients in their food and beverage products and prevent a patchwork of confusing and costly state labeling mandates. We urge senators to stand up for working families, farmers and food producers and give this proposal the bipartisan support that it deserves.
“With Vermont’s mandatory labeling going into effect in July and other states considering their own laws, Congress must pass a national food labeling solution that offers farmers, families and food producers the certainty and access to the affordable and sustainable food supply they deserve.
“Time is running out, and consumers will ultimately pay the price of delay and inaction, as multiple studies have found that state mandatory GMO labeling laws will increase a family’s annual grocery bills by hundreds of dollars.
“We look forward to working with Chairman Roberts andranking minority member Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) on advancing bipartisan legislation quickly for a vote by the full Senateand then have the legislation voted on by the House as soon as possible.”
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leadingfood, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry has facilities in 30,000 communities, generates $1 trillion in sales annually, contributes $415 billion in added value to the economy every year and is the single largest U.S. manufacturing industry with 1.7 million manufacturing workers. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.