FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 1, 2016
CONTACT: Andy Resnick
Washington, DC – The Corn Refiners Association praised the Senate Agriculture Committee for today’s bipartisan approval of Sen. Pat Robert’s (R-KS) proposal for national preemption on GMO labeling.
The Committee voted 14-6 in favor of the proposal, including three Democrats who broke ranks to support American farmers and families, signifying strong support for legislation as it moves to the Senate floor. The Committee’s vote to approve the proposal marks a significant step forward for the prospects of a national GMO labeling solution, bringing both transparency and consistency to consumers, manufacturers and growers.
We are fast approaching July 1, when Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law will go into effect and significantly raise consumer food costs. Unless the Senate acts quickly, average American households could be forced to spend approximately $1,050 more per year for groceries.
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.