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Farm Bureau Supports Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act
A Kansas Farm Bureau board member testified before a House subcommittee this week in favor of passing the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 4432).
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would help consumers understand the difference between real food safety concerns and marketing ploys by providing a national labeling standard, set by the Food and Drug Administration. Kansas Farm Bureau board member Stacey Forshee said in Thursday’s Newsline that mandatory labeling of foods with biotechnology traits only adds to the misconceptions surrounding GMOs.
“Making a label mandatory is only going to mislead the consumer into thinking that those foods are different than conventionally grown food,” Forshee said. “We feel at Farm Bureau there needs to be a national approach to labeling, and having FDA being a science-based voice for the consumer would be a very good thing.”
In related news, proponents of an Oregon ballot measure requiring labels on genetically modified foods conceded defeat Thursday after a judge ruled against them and an automatic recount appeared unlikely to sway the outcome. The Yes on 92 campaign said there are no legal options remaining that could lead them to victory, according to Oregon GMO Labeling Proponents Concede Defeat, a NewsBites article.
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