Campbell backs national GMO labels as act passes Senate hurdle

"In the Senate tomorrow there will be a cloture vote where 60 votes are needed to proceed to a floor vote". Republican Senator Pat Roberts of Kansas and Democrat Senator Debbie Stabenow of MI sponsored the bill. "We commend those 65 senators voting in favor of moving this time-sensitive matter another step closer to final passage", said Leslie Sarasin, president and CEO of the Food Marketing Institute, in a statement.

The bill also would do away with state laws regarding GMO labeling.

"The Senate has provided all Americans a transparent and consistent system of disclosure that will give consumers access to more product information than ever before, and we urge the House to consider this legislation next week" said CFSAF co-chair Pamela Bailey of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. "But the work isn't done yet". The House could vote on the bill as early as next week, before legislators break for national party conventions and their August recess. The bill has drawn accolades from farmers, consumers, and advocates in the food industry because it would override GMO labeling laws enacted by individual states, such as Vermont's labeling law, which by the way, is more stringent. "While also making sure consumers have the right to know what is in their food", likewise giving a nod to those skeptical of GMOs. He argued that "with the swift speed with which the proponents of this bill have moved, with no committee process, no debate or amendment process, we will not be able to ensure the language in this bill does exactly what they say that it does".

07/07/2016A federal bill that would require labeling of foods made with genetically engineered ingredients passed a major hurdle in the Senate on Wednesday.

Now that Senate has passed S. 764, it is up to the House of Representatives to take up the measure.

Their biggest gripe involves the bill's loose definition of the term "label" in the first place: Companies get three options for how they want to admit their product contains a GM ingredient (a thing that's now very unpopular with Americans). That's because the overwhelming majority of consumers say they want to know if there are GMO's in their food. As the GOP has historically been a supporter of voluntary labeling, it is unclear how a bill which mandates GMO labeling will be received by Republicans in the House. How it fares in the House, which past year voted in favor of a voluntary labeling regime, remains to be seen.

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