Congressmembers, ‘Top Chef’ judge join forces on GMO labeling bill

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By Consumers Union on Thursday, February 12th, 2015

Consumers deserve to know basic facts about the food they’re buying, say three members of Congress who introduced a bill today that would require the labeling of genetically engineered products.

The GE Food Right to Know Act was revealed at a press event today by Senators Barbara Boxer and Richard Blumenthal and Representative Peter Defazio, along with Tom Colicchio of TV show ‘Top Chef’ fame.  The new legislation would direct the FDA to require food manufacturers to label foods that contain genetically modified ingredients, and would also prohibit marketing food items as ‘natural’ if they contain GMOs.

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U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer of California speaks about the GE Food Right-to-Know Act, joined by U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio of Oregon (left) and chef Tom Colicchio and U.S. Sen. Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut (right).

Consumers Union lauded the bill, stating:  “Genetically engineered crops, created by altering crop DNA in the laboratory, are different than traditional crops, and consumers have a right to know if they are eating them.   Just like food that is frozen, from concentrate, homogenized or irradiated, genetically engineered food should be required to be labeled.”

The Congressmembers batted back common criticisms from the food manufacturing industry regarding labeling GE foods.  “Some in the food and chemical industry say adding this very small piece of information to food labels will confuse people, will alarm people,” said Senator Boxer. “Well, that argument is a familiar one. It’s been raised by almost every single industry when they want to avoid giving consumer basic facts about the product they’re buying.”

“Manufacturers change food packaging all the time without an increase in food prices,” added chef Colicchio. “I don’t think Congress should shield companies or keep Americans in the dark when it comes to what we put on our tables and feed our families.”

Want to urge your own members to support the GE Food Right to Know Act?  Take action here – with one click we’ll send an email to your Senators and Representative and tell them you have a right to know what you’re eating.

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