WASHINGTON, D.C. – At a Senate Agriculture Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Markup, U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA) today voted in support of Committee Chairman Pat Roberts’ (R-KS) Biotechnology Labeling Solutions bill. It passed out of committee with bipartisan support and now heads to the full Senate for consideration.
The bipartisan proposal creates a national solution and preempts state level efforts to mandate the labeling of food products that contain ingredients derived from biotechnology, often referred to as Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). Stopping the state-by-state, patchwork approach to food labeling laws prevents consumer confusion and avoids additional costs at the grocery store.
“Allowing these proposed mandates to go forward would raise food prices for those who can least afford it – those middle and low income families just trying to get by from paycheck to paycheck. In fact, one recent study showed the impact of biotech labeling mandates could raise food prices for the average household by over $1,000 per year. The legislation that passed the committee today pre-empts these state level efforts, and provides for a national voluntary standard that will not raise prices unnecessarily, disparage safe and affordable foods, or create further confusion among consumers,” said Senator Ernst.
About the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions bill:
Major highlights of the legislation: