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Friday, April 11, 2014

Congressman Whitfield Introduces Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act

Legislation will protect food producers and consumers by eliminating confusion and advancing food safety 

The Kentucky Corn Growers Association applauded this week the introduction of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would establish a federal standard for the safety and labeling of food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

 "The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is a very important step to restoring certainty to America's food producer and eliminating the risks posed by an expensive patchwork of labeling laws," said Laura Knoth, KyCGA executive director. "Our family farm members work hard every day to ensure America's families have access to safe, abundant and affordable food. A federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster consumer confidence in the safety of American food by affirming the FDA's sole authority in food safety and labeling decisions. GMOs are safe, and many of our members use them every day to produce foods and crops that produce higher yields on less land, more easily withstand drought, and allow us to use fewer chemicals-which is better for families and the environment. Kentucky Corn applauds Congressman Ed Whitfield and the other cosponsors who introduced this legislation, for their work on behalf of families and food producers."

 A federal GMO labeling solution is needed that will protect consumers and ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern agricultural biotechnology:

Eliminate Confusion: Remove the confusion and uncertainty of a 50 state patchwork of GMO safety and labeling laws and affirm the FDA as the nation's authority for the use and labeling of genetically modified food ingredients.

Advance Food Safety: Require the FDA to conduct a safety review of all new GMO traits before they are introduced into commerce. FDA will be empowered to mandate the labeling of GMO food ingredients if the agency determines there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with an ingredient derived from a GMO.

Inform Consumers: The FDA will establish federal standards for companies that want to voluntarily label their product for the absence-of or presence-of GMO food ingredients so that consumers clearly understand their choices in the marketplace.

Provide Consistency: The FDA will define the term "natural" for its use on food and beverage products so that food and beverage companies and consumers have a consistent legal framework that will guide food labels and inform consumer choice. Read more

Additional Resources:
Questions and Answers on GMO Foods and Technology
Coalition for Safe and Affordable Food

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