GMO labeling bill moves forward

With more and more states establishing GMO labeling requirements, the House Agriculture Committee approved H.R. 1599, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” which would create a system for food companies to apply to the USDA for a non-GMO food label.

It would override any state’s GMO labeling laws that are in existence. It would allow those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so through a USDA-accredited certification process. The bill would create a new legal framework, governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence of, or use of, genetically engineered food or food ingredients. It creates a uniform, national system governing the premarket review and labeling of genetically engineered foods.

The Food and Drug Administration would be required to develop rules for labeling foods as natural.

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