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CRA strongly supports food and nutrition policies that are backed by sound scientific evidence and fully proven to both help consumers make healthy purchasing decisions and prevent consumer misunderstanding and confusion.

The association recognizes that at current exercise levels, most Americans need to reduce their intakes of total calories, including calories from sugars and sweeteners. CRA does not promote increased consumption of sugars or other caloric sources. Accordingly, CRA fully supports all comprehensive evidence-based efforts that encourage consumers to achieve and maintain healthy lifestyles through dietary balance and moderation, and physical activity.

GMO Labeling: CRA strongly supports a federal GMO solution which preempts the costly and confusing patchwork of state GMO labeling laws and ensures to provide clarity, not confusion to consumers. Our economic impact analysis, the Cost Impact of Vermont’s GMO Labeling Law on Consumers Nationwide, finds that American families nationwide will spend approximately $1,050 more per year on groceries due to Vermont’s new GMO food labeling mandate due to manufacturer reformulations which would get passed on to consumers in the form of higher prices.

Nutrition Facts Labeling: CRA continues to strongly believe that all changes to nutrition labeling regulations must be based on sound science, consistent with regulatory requirements, and fully proven to both help consumers make healthy purchasing decisions and prevent consumer misunderstanding and confusion.

Dietary Guidelines for Americans: The association supports U.S. Dietary Guidelines as a standard for federal feeding programs, nutrition education, and programming, and strongly supports enhancing the scientific integrity of the DGA process by establishing a significantly higher evidentiary standard than the “preponderance of the scientific evidence” and eliminating or neutralizing political influence throughout the DGA process moving forward.