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 (www.CFSAF.org) 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     ingredients.    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 (www.FactsAboutGMOs.org )    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     modified.    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