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BIO Applauds Federal Approach to GMO Disclosure

July 14, 2016
BIO applauds today’s vote in the U.S. House of Representatives to approve a federal, uniform approach to GMO disclosure.  The House voted 306-117 shortly after noon today, sending the long-debated bill to President Obama’s desk for signature.

“The Congress’ strong, bipartisan support for a national GMO labeling and disclosure solution is a win for consumers, farmers, businesses, and agricultural innovation,” said Jim Greenwood, BIO’s President and CEO. “We commend the many leaders in the U.S. Congress for making this issue a top priority.”

According to Bloomberg and Agri-Pulse reports, the White House has signaled its support for the legislation:

“While there is broad consensus that foods from genetically engineered crops are safe, we appreciate the bipartisan effort to address consumers’ interest in knowing more about their food, including whether it includes ingredients from genetically engineered crops,” White House spokeswoman Katie Hill said in an e-mail earlier this week. "We look forward to tracking its progress in the House and anticipate the president would sign it in its current form.”

More than a thousand food and agriculture organizations joined together in support of this national, uniform approach to the food labeling and GMO disclosure issue.  The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which represents hundreds of these organizations, celebrated today’s vote:

“After more than two years working with Senators and House Members from both parties, today’s vote is a resounding victory not only for consumers and common sense, but also for the tremendous coalition of agricultural and food organizations that came together in unprecedented fashion to get this solution passed,” said Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association and CFSAF co-chair.

“Our entire coalition of agriculture and food groups sincerely thanks House Agricultural Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, Congressman Collin Peterson, Congressmen Mike Pompeo and G.K. Butterfield, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts and Senator Debbie Stabenow for their critical leadership on this issue, and all members of Congress who voted to create a more transparent disclosure system while preventing the costly effects of a patchwork of state labeling laws.”