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Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op Opposes Voluntary-Only GMO Labeling Bill
Ukiah, CA – (April, 2015) – Ukiah Natural Foods today expresses its strong opposition to The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599), which codifies the current system of voluntary labeling of GMO foods and was recently introduced in Congress by U.S. Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and U.S. Rep. G.K. Butterfield (D-NC).
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op believes in consumers' right to information, including sufficient product labeling, so that they can make their own informed food choices. Given the high consumer interest in GMOs and support for GMO labeling – and the potential for GMOs to be present in up to 80 percent of packaged products – Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op said it supports federal, mandatory labeling of GMO foods.
Unfortunately, Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op notes, The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act does not protect consumers' rights to information and Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op opposes this bill because it:
- Lacks transparency. Since the bill only codifies the current system of voluntary labeling and does not mandate that manufacturers inform customers of the presence of GMO ingredients, adopting this bill means that consumers will still be left in the dark as to whether or not many of the foods they are consuming contain GMOs. Only mandatory labeling fulfills consumer demand for transparency regarding GMOs.
2. Undermines public will. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act nullifies the GMO labeling laws already on the books in Vermont, Connecticut and Maine, which passed with strong public support. Furthermore, the bill preempts states by blocking any future state legislation or ballot initiatives that would require GMO labeling.
3. Creates potential for consumer confusion. By requiring the FDA to define natural, this voluntary GMO labeling bill confuses the issue of GMO labeling with the issue of defining natural, thereby creating confusion between the two, and could result in a definition of “natural” that includes GMOs.
Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op urges Congress to reject The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, and to instead pass The Genetically Engineered Food Right to Know Act (H.R. 913, S. 511), which has already been submitted this session and is the only federal bill that would require GMOs to be labeled.
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Spring Savings! Grab Your Co+op Deals Coupon Book.
Celebrate springtime and Earth Day with great deals on delicious, organic and natural products from your favorite companies with the new Co+op Deals coupon book. Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op, working together with more than 140 other food co-ops around the country, is pleased to provide extra savings on great products like Lundberg Organic entrees, Stonyfield yogurt, Clif Kit’s Organic Fruit & Nut bars and Westbrae Organic canned beans. Stock your pantry with these family favorites – and more!
Look for the coupon book at Ukiah Natural Foods Co-op in March. Coupons are valid through April 30, 2015.
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