Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) thanks the U.S. House of Representatives, especially Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Taylorville), for passing H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. The bill would create a national policy for labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms (GMO), and avoid a patchwork of state GMO labeling laws that would confuse consumers and raise food costs.
“The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act works for everyone,” said Mike Levin, director of issues management and analysis for ISG. “This bill works for Illinois farmers who plant GMO crops to sustainably grow more soybeans. It works for the state’s food companies that need a uniform federal system to keep food costs down. And it works for Illinois consumers who want to know what’s in their food.”
H.R. 1599 would establish a federal pre-market review system for determining the safety of any new GMO food products. It also would require GMO plant developers to consult with the FDA on all new plant varieties used for food, before those foods are introduced to consumers.
In addition, H.R. 1599 would enable those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so through a USDA-accredited certification process. This voluntary non-GMO certification also would charge the FDA with defining and regulating the use of the word “natural” on food labels.
ISG now calls on the U.S. Senate to take up this measure as soon as possible.
Illinois Soybean Growers (ISG) is a membership organization serving more than 43,000 Illinois soybean growers. ISG provides advocacy in Springfield and Washington, D.C., to promote the interests of Illinois soybean farmers and programs that enhance soybean production and demand. Voice for Soy, the online action center supported by ISG, allows growers to easily connect with legislators and regulators to advocate for Illinois agriculture. For more information about ISG, visit the website www.ilsoygrowers.com.
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