Bi-partisan Bill Would Improve Food Safety Standards and Work to Eliminate Consumer Confusion Over Food Labels
WASHINGTON, DC – The Corn Refiners Association today announced its full support of the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which would ensure our nation’s labeling standards for foods produced with biotechnology are based on consistent, national criteria that are driven by science. The bill was introduced by Congressman Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and co-sponsored by Congressman G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
“We strongly support the efforts of Representatives Pompeo and Butterfield as they seek to strengthen and unify our food labeling laws by protecting consumers and reducing unnecessary regulatory burdens,” said John Bode, President and CEO of the Corn Refiners Association. “Today, food and beverage manufacturers face the potential of an unwieldy patchwork of mandatory state labeling laws that contribute to higher food prices, harm interstate commerce, and increase consumer confusion. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will ensure labeling decisions are established by science-based, uniform standards that are consistent in every grocery store in all 50 states. We encourage Congress to pass this bill as soon as possible.”
“Biotechnology is critically important in maintaining a plentiful food supply in a growing world. Its safety has been validated by every leading scientific authority and through nearly 2,000 studies from leading scientific bodies across the world,” said Bode. “Providing consumers with consistent labeling of these foods allows them to make better informed choices for themselves and their families.”
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act would:
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For more information about biotechnology and the need for a federal labeling standard, visit www.CFSAF.org.
The Corn Refiners Association is a proud member of The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food, which is dedicated to providing policy makers, media, consumers and all stakeholders with the facts about ingredients grown through biotechnology. We are also an advocate for common sense policy solutions that enhance the safety of crops grown using biotechnology and protect the vital role they play in today’s modern global food supply chain. The coalition is comprised of American farmers and representatives from a diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations.
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.