U.S. proposed bill would preempt state GMO labeling

April 10, 2014

According to Reuters, U.S. Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) has introduced legislation that would nullify efforts in multiple states to require labeling of genetically modified foods. The bill, entitled the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” is aimed at overriding state bills that would require foods made with genetically engineered crops to be labeled as such. The bill, which would amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, prohibits any mandatory labeling of foods developed using bioengineering.

“We’ve got a number of states that are attempting to put together a patchwork quilt of food labeling requirements with respect to genetic modification of foods,” said Pompeo. “That makes it enormously difficult to operate a food system. Some of the campaigns in some of these states aren’t really to inform consumers but rather aimed at scaring them. What this bill attempts to do is set a standard.”

One provision would make it mandatory for biotech crop developers to notify the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) before it brings a new biotech seed to market and receives no objection from the FDA. In addition, the measure requires the FDA to promulgate regulations that specify a maximum permissible level of inadvertent GMO presence that is allowed in foods bearing such non-GMO labeling.

Pompeo said he expects hearings on the bill sometime this summer.

Reuters article

Rep. Mike Pompeo