Broad-Based Coalition Launched to Advocate for Congressional Action on a Federal GMO Labeling Solution

   Broad-Based Coalition Launched to Advocate for Congressional Action on a
                        Federal GMO Labeling Solution

PR Newswire

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014

Legislation Needed to Protect Consumers by Eliminating Confusion and Advancing
Food Safety

WASHINGTON, Feb. 6, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --American farmers and
representatives from a diverse group of almost thirty industry and
non-governmental organizations today announced the formation of the Coalition
for Safe Affordable Food ( and urged Congress to quickly seek a
federal solution that would establish standards for the safety and labeling of
food and beverage products made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).

"American families deserve safe, abundant and affordable food," said Martin
Barbre, President of the National Corn Growers. "And America's farmers rely
on this proven technology to protect crops from insects, weeds and drought,
enabling us to deliver on that promise and to do so through sustainable
means. A federal solution on GMO labeling will bolster consumer confidence in
the safety of American food by reaffirming the U.S. Food & Drug Administration
(FDA) role as the nation's foremost authority on the use and labeling of foods
containing genetically modified ingredients."

A federal GMO labeling solution is needed that will protect consumers and
ensure the safety of food ingredients made through the use of modern
agricultural biotechnology:

  oEliminate Confusion: Remove the confusion and uncertainty of a 50 state
    patchwork of GMO safety and labeling laws and affirm the FDA as the
    nation's authority for the use and labeling of genetically modified food

  oAdvance Food Safety: Require the FDA to conduct a safety review of all new
    GMO traits before they are introduced into commerce. FDA will be empowered
    to mandate the labeling of GMO food ingredients if the agency determines
    there is a health, safety or nutrition issue with an ingredient derived
    from a GMO.

  oInform Consumers: The FDA will establish federal standards for companies
    that want to voluntarily label their product for the absence-of or
    presence-of GMO food ingredients so that consumers clearly understand
    their choices in the marketplace.

  oProvide Consistency: The FDA will define the term "natural" for its use on
    food and beverage products so that food and beverage companies and
    consumers have a consistent legal framework that will guide food labels
    and inform consumer choice.

"Foods made with genetically modified ingredients (GMOs) are safe and have a
number of important benefits for people and our planet," said Pamela G.
Bailey, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association. "Our
nation's food safety and labeling laws should not be set by political
campaigns or state and local legislatures, but by the FDA, the nation's
foremost food safety agency.

"GMO technology has fostered a revolution in American agriculture that has
benefitted consumers in the United States and around the world. And with
global population expected to grow from seven to nine billion by 2050, we will
need 70% more food production to keep pace. A federal GMO labeling solution
will provide a framework for the safe and continued use of technology that is
essential to the future of our planet."

Facts About GMOs ( )

  oMany of the most influential regulatory agencies and organizations that
    study the safety of the food supply, including the U.S. Food & Drug
    Administration, the American Medical Association, the World Health
    Organization, Health Canada, the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the
    National Academy of Sciences, have found genetically modified food
    ingredients (GMOs) are safe and there are no negative health effects
    associated with their use.

  oGM technology adds desirable traits from nature, without introducing
    anything unnatural or using chemicals, so that food is more plentiful.

  oGM technology is not new. In fact, it has been around for the past 20
    years, and today, 70-80% of the foods we eat in the United States, both at
    home and away from home, contain ingredients that have been genetically

  oIngredients grown using GM technology require fewer pesticides, less water
    and keep production costs down. In fact, GM technology helps reduce the
    price of crops used for food, such as corn, soybeans and sugar beets by as
    much as 15-30%.

  oOne in eight people among the world's growing population of seven billion
    do not have enough to eat, and safe and effective methods of food
    production, like crops produced through GM technology, can help us feed
    the hungry and malnourished in developing nations around the world.

The Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is dedicated to providing policy
makers, media, consumers and all stakeholders with the facts about ingredients
grown through GM technology. We are also an advocate for common sense policy
solutions that will only further enhance the safety of the GM crops and
protect the vital role they play in today's modern global food supply chain.
The coalition is comprised of American farmers and representatives from a
diverse group of industry and non-governmental organizations.

Coalition Members

1.AACC International/ American Phytopathological Society
2.American Bakers Association
3.American Beverage Association
4.American Farm Bureau Federation
5.American Feed Industry Association
6.American Frozen Food Institute
7.American Seed Trade Association
8.American Soybean Association
9.American Sugarbeet Growers Association
10. Biotechnology Industry Organization
11. Corn Refiners Association
12. Council for Responsible Nutrition
13. Flavor & Extract Manufacturers Association
14. Global Cold Chain Alliance
15. Grocery Manufacturers Association
16. International Dairy Foods Association
17. National Association of Manufacturers
18. National Association of Wheat Growers
19. National Confectioners Association
20. National Corn Growers Association
21. National Council of Farmer Cooperatives
22. National Fisheries Institute
23. National Grain & Feed Association
24. National Oilseed Processors Association
25. National Restaurant Association
26. National Turkey Federation
27. North American Millers Association
28. Snack Food Association
29. U.S. Beet Sugar Association

SOURCE Coalition for Safe Affordable Food
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