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Thursday, July 23, 2015

Thompson Cosponsored Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 Passes House with Bipartisan Majority

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July 22, 2015
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Thompson Cosponsored Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 Passes House with Bipartisan Majority

Washington, DC – Today, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, a bipartisan bill to provide uniform national standards for labeling food products that are derived from genetically engineered plants or ingredients, and to provide the Food and Drug Administration and the Department of Agriculture’s the ability to ensure the safety of ingredients in foods. 

“There is a misconception that consumers who want products that have not been genetically modified will be limited in their options. That is simply not true; the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will create a program similar to the popular “USDA Organic” certification for foods and products that have not been genetically modified,” said Thompson, a member of the House Committee on Agriculture.

In a July 20, 2015 letter from the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania’s Department of Agriculture to Congressman Thompson in support of H.R. 1599, Secretary of Agriculture Russell C. Redding wrote, “The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture continues to support a single, federal science-based voluntary labeling effort, in lieu of a state-by-state patchwork quilt of laws and regulations. The potential for 50 different state laws regarding labeling has the potential to mislead consumers, raise the price of groceries for Pennsylvania families and do nothing to ensure food safety.”

During a July 22, 2015 statement on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives, Congressman Thompson addressed some of the misconceptions surrounding genetically engineered or modified seeds and organisms, “With a growing world demand for food and fewer Americans engaged in farming, science and innovation have become essential components of agriculture and remain paramount to meet increased demand. While some continue to question the safety of consuming genetically modified foods, the overwhelming consensus among various credible scientific organizations – such as the National Academy of Sciences, the World Health Organization, and the American Medical Association – remains. Quite simply, there is no sound scientific evidence that such crops or foods are harmful to human health or the environment.”

H.R. 1599 passed the House of Representatives by a vote of 275-150.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Spoken like someone who accepts lots of cash from Big Agra, who dominates our farm policy with their lobbying and army of lawyers.

there's so many misleading assertions by GT in this release, it's an insult to anyone who has followed the extreme politics of the GMO debate.

If the producers of GMO food aren't afraid of their goods, they'd be willing to label as such. But they pressure guys like GT (our representative??) to hide the fact their food contains GMOs.

We all consume GMO food to some extent, but massive industrial scale farming of GMO crops is destroying the soil resulting in pesticide and herbicide resistant strains of pests and disease. The "science" can't keep up despite what GT says.

and if you choose to plant non-GMO crops and they interfere with patented GMO crops, the lawyers will be on your ass faster than the lobbyists strolling through the capitol can fund their lackeys.

What an insulting press release. Like so many things the politicians tell us, they must think we're stupid. We're not. So GT, go blow your smoke somewhere else.

Anonymous said...

Anonymous, thank you for your post and calling it like it is. Unfortunately, there are too many lambs, lemmings, apathetic, and, I may as well add cowards among us, or, they wouldn't have the salaries and lifetime perks they now enjoy. This is absolutely disgusting. But, we will reelect him by a large margin when he runs again.
Mike Fowler
Austin, PA

Anonymous said...

There is no sound scientific evidence that such crops or foods are NOT harmful to human health or the environment, either. Jussayin'