WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association praised the House Agriculture Committee for holding a hearing today examining the costs and impacts of mandatory biotechnology labeling laws.
“There’s no question that a patchwork of state food laws across the country with different labeling mandates and requirements will create confusion for consumers, cause significant new costs for Americans, and lead to critical problems for our nation’s grocery supply chain,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. “Congress must pass a bipartisan bill this year to ensure Americans continue to have access to consistent science-based standards for food labeling, and today’s hearing reinforces the need for a federal solution.”
Genetically modified organisms have been an important part of our nation’s food supply for the past 20 years. Today, 70-80 percent of the foods people eat in the United States contain ingredients that have been genetically modified.
A hearing last December by House Energy and Commerce subcommittee also drove home the point that the overwhelming scientific consensus is that GMO food is as safe as any other food and that a mandatory GMO warning label could be inherently misleading. The Food and Drug Administration and major scientific and health organizations such as the American Medical Association, National Academy of Sciences and World Health Organization all have found GMOs are safe for humans and positive for the environment. More than 2,000 studies show a clear consensus among the world’s leading scientific organizations that GMO ingredients are safe.
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.
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