July 14, 2016
Washington, DC – With the U.S. House of Representatives passing the GMO labeling agreement by a vote of 306-117, the Corn Refiners Association commended Congress moving to create a national standard for GMO labeling.
“Today’s passage of S. 764 brings us one step closer to having a national standard for GMO labeling. We commend the bipartisan leadership shown in both chambers to bring this agreement to this point.” said CRA President and CEO John Bode. “We are confident that President Obama will sign this bill into law, avoiding a patchwork of state regulations that have already caused serious disruptions in the marketplace and would have caused the average American family’s grocery bill to increase by more than $1,000 annually.”
“While we support this legislation, it is far from perfect. The new federal law will not end this dispute. It will simply move to a new battle ground with altogether new ground rules,” said Bode. “The big future question is whether the U.S. Department of Agriculture can develop rules that inform, not mislead consumers.”
Once the legislation is signed into the law by the President, the U.S. Department of Agriculture will begin the rule-making process to finalize the on-package text. Additionally, the Vermont labeling regulations that went into effect on July 1 will be halted.
The Corn Refiners Association (CRA) is the national trade association representing the corn refining industry of the United States. CRA and its predecessors have served this important segment of American agribusiness since 1913. Corn refiners manufacture sweeteners, ethanol, starch, bioproducts, corn oil and feed products from corn components such as starch, oil, protein and fiber.