(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today in letter to the House of Representatives called on Congress to support the passage of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.
“The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (HR 1599) is critical to ensuring that Americans have access to safe and affordable food, and we urge all Members of Congress to vote in favor of this important legislation,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “America’s food manufacturing network is the envy of the world because our supply chain works cooperatively across all fifty states, but today that system is being put at-risk by activists supporting a patchwork of laws that would only confuse consumers and drive up their food costs.
A study by a Cornell University professor found that state GMO labeling mandates could increase grocery prices for a family of four by as much as $500 per year. State GMO labeling mandates would cost food and beverage manufacturers millions of dollars given the changes to food labels and supply chain systems that would have to be made as a result.
“The Grocery Manufacturers Association strongly endorses H.R. 1599 because it would stop the destructive state-level patchwork approach to food labeling, provide consumers with greater clarity in the marketplace and protect manufacturers and farmers,” said Ms. Bailey.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.