Senate Passes GMO bill
On July 7th, the U.S. Senate passed legislation to establish a nationwide system of mandatory disclosure of foods containing GMO ingredients. By a vote of 63 to 30 the Senate finalized months of effort to reach a middle ground between those who believe all foods containing GMO ingredients should have a mandatory, on-pack labels and those who think no, or voluntary, labels would be sufficient. The bill passed today overrides the Vermont labeling law and any other future state-level labeling initiatives and it creates a mandatory system of disclosure, but it leaves it up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture to determine the best methods to incorporate that information into the food labeling system. USDA will have two years in which to write regulations to implement the law. The bill needs to still pass the House of Representatives and be signed by the President, but those two steps are expected to occur in the coming days. Opponents of the bill made one last-ditch attempt to derail the bill. They sought to retract the decision by Majority Leader McConnell (R-KY) to preclude amendments to the GMO compromise bill. That effort failed 30-63.
American Crystal is very supportive of the GMO bill and it appreciates the support we’ve received from Senators Klobuchar and Franken of Minnesota, Senators Heitkamp and Hoeven of North Dakota, and Senator Daines of Montana. They’ve all been very helpful and active on this issue, and we thank them.