GMO Labeling Bill being considered by Congress
 
Author: Emily, Senior Legislative Analyst
Updated: December 9th 2015 
 
 
          The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would require all bioengineered foods and Genetically Modified food products to be labeled. Additionally, companies would be required to notify the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of any bioengineered foods that are sold interstate. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act will not require companies to label food products that come from animals that have been fed Genetically Modified Organisms; however, this bill could give the FDA the freedom to implement such a policy if they wish to do so. One of the issues with this bill is the grey areas of what products do and do not count as genetically modified.

          The proponents for the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act hope to reap the benefits of having food labeling legislation that is more consistent from state to state. Furthermore, they tout the benefits of having bioengineered food products that are clearly labeled. For instance, these labels could protect individuals from allergic reactions that result from Genetically Modified Organisms. On the other hand, this legislation can pose some drawbacks as well. As it stands, each state has its own laws when it comes to labeling bioengineered foods. Although some may wish to cure this “patchwork” legislation, the opposition claims that states should have the right to make their own labeling laws.
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(H.R. 1599: Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015)