Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Federal Law Would Make GMO Labeling Voluntary, Preempt State Laws

Melissa Melton
TruthStream Media

Claiming they are merely seeking a “national solution,” mega food corporations are pushing a federal GMO labeling law.

The problem is, the law would be voluntary and it would preempt every state in this country from passing legislation that isn’t, according to a draft obtained by Politico.
But the Grocery Manufacturers Association, which represents such food and beverage leaders as ConAgra, PepsiCo and Kraft, isn’t exactly joining the anti-GMO movement. It’s advocating for an industry-friendly, law with a voluntary federal standard — a move that food activists see as a power grab by an industry that has tried to kill GMO labeling initiatives every step of the way. 
GMA is looking for a federal solution to GMO labeling that would require the FDA to set up a voluntary labeling standard for foods that do not contain GMOs and determine the safety of GMO products. A section-by-section summary of the food industry’s legislation reveals it would preclude states from adopting any laws that are not identical to the federal requirements and create a legal framework so that FDA can take a more active role in regulating GMO-labeling claims. [emphasis added]
While the draft also says the GMO industry must submit to further FDA oversight, that “oversight” apparently involves GMO food makers turning in their own safety determination reports for review — just like Big Agra giants such as Monsanto already do for their GMO crops now. So, really it would just be more business as usual.