NAWG Praises House Passage of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, Looks Forward to Senate Action
NAWG praises members of the United States House of Representatives for passing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act by a 275-150 vote today and establishing a uniform, science-based, voluntary food labeling standard.
“The bipartisan efforts showcased today reflects the support from American consumers and farmers toward a consistent and transparent food label that is founded in science,” said NAWG President, Brett Blankenship, wheat grower from Washtucna, Wash. “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act provides a clear, common-sense labeling standard that eliminates the current state-by-state unworkable patchwork. We commend the House for passing this standardized labeling rule and we encourage the Senate to move on this legislation in the same bipartisan, supportive fashion.”
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which was first introduced in March by Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), attracted 106 cosponsors from both sides of the aisle. The bill mandates a uniform, national food label that is scientifically based and it creates a consumer-friendly GMO-free certification program. It also allows the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to continue working together on food labeling decisions.