Update on New Federal GMO Labeling Legislation

Update on New Federal GMO Labeling Legislation

NPA continues to review, provide input on Pompeo bill

In the two weeks since Reps. Mike Pompeo, R-Kan., and G.K. Butterfield, D-N.C., introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2014, the Natural Products Association (NPA) has been carefully reviewing the legislation. The bill, which currently has three other co-sponsors, would pre-empt mandatory state GMO labeling laws and leave the issue in the hands of the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). We understand how important the issues surrounding GMO labeling are to our members, and acknowledge how this bill could impact many aspects of how you do business. The conversation around this legislation is robust and ongoing, and NPA is continuing to provide input on this matter and monitor all developments surrounding it.

It’s important to point out that some of the very points that members discussed during Natural Products Day, including our guiding principles on GMO labeling, are reflected in this new legislation. There are portions of the bill that indicate NPA’s long-term advocacy efforts – particularly with regard to safety and the consumer’s right to know – have resonated with lawmakers.

NPA is continuously monitoring all proposals related to GMO labeling, as we recognize the significance of this issue to the natural products industry. We will continue to ensure our members thoughts regarding GMO labeling and this specific legislation are considered on Capitol Hill, and we will keep you updated on this legislation as it develops.