A bipartisan agreement was reached by the Chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee Pat Roberts and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow to create a national standard for labeling GMO foods. The proposed legislation will be a solution to the state-by-state labeling patchwork, providing a federal standard that preempts state-by-state GMO labeling laws. This prevents states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that are genetically engineered.
Dan Fabricant, PhD, CEO and executive director of NPA, issued the following statement:
“Given this year’s political climate, the Natural Products Association would be happy to see legislation passed this year that is consistent with our principle of having one federal standard versus a patchwork quilt of state regulations. We will continue to monitor this bill and to see if it is merged with the house companion bill passed earlier this year.”
The entire Biotech Agreement Summary can be read here.
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