The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act… Whatever you want to call it, it’s terrifying to me. This bill would “…create a mandatory premarket safety review of all crops containing Generically Modified Organisms destined for the food supply and preserve the FDA’s 100-year management of food labeling by preventing a disruptive state-by-state patchwork of labeling requirements.”
Tom Dempsey, the CEO of the Snack Food Association has this to say… “Absent a federal GMO solution, manufacturers will have essentially three options in order to comply with state labeling law[s]: order new packaging for products, reformulate products so that no labeling is required, or halt sales to that state. Each option is difficult, costly, time-intensive, and at worst, could eliminate jobs and consumer choice in the marketplace.”
- Order new packaging for products… I don’t know about you, but I see new packaging for the same products I eat all the time. There’s always some new exciting claim for health or even an entirely new flavor of the same old product. Take triscuits and wheat thins for example, this cracker has so many new flavors by the week! That must be costly and time-intensive to the company but the difference is that it drives profit. They don’t seem to worry about the cost and time for that. But if your box of crackers says, “Genetically Modified”, then people might not actually buy the product. If the box says “All Natural” or “May Lower Cholesterol”, the box will be sold. The difference is in what the label says. They don’t want to take the time or spend the money to put a label on the box that might deter people from buying the product. Is that not obvious to these senators?
- Reformulate products so that no labeling is required. I choose not to eat foods that have been genetically modified. The safety claims just aren’t convincing enough for me, so I’d rather choose to eat real food.
- Halt sales to the state. I’m still okay not eating the Genetically Modified foods.
Each option is only difficult to the food manufacturer and their bottom line. Mr. Dempsey works for a snack association, not the FDA or EPA, and we’re listening to his advice on the subject when his motivation is most likely profit-driven.
Think about signing the petition or contacting your state legislature on this matter. It would be illegal for states to label genetically modified food if this law is actually passed. As Americans, lets not let this one slide under the radar. Let’s act on this one! It’s incredibly immoral to sign a bill into LAW to protect the governments right shield us from the truth. It makes no sense to me. Please feel free to comment on this. What do you think about this proposed bill? And post on fb, twitter, anywhere… just get the word out. We do have the right to know what we’re eating. We have the right to know anything that affects our health and the food we put in our bodies every day is one of the most important things that should be transparent!