Davis: House Passes National Voluntary GMO Labeling System
U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Ill.), chair of the House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotech, Horticulture, and Research, today released the following statement after the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, to establish national standards and a system for voluntarily labeling food that does not contain genetically modified organisms (GMO). H.R. 1599 includes Davis’ amendment, which gives USDA the role of establishing a voluntary labeling system that mimics that of the organic label, to provide access and accurate information to consumers who seek additional information about non-GMO products.
"As a parent, I believe it is important to have national and reliable food labels and the bill passed by the House today does that by allowing for an effective, uniform labeling system that consumers can trust,” said Davis. “Without a national standard, we risk the spread of misinformation and increased food costs. Just as consumers can go to the grocery store and identify organic products, this bill will allow them to do the same with non-GMO products.”
Davis spoke in support of H.R. 1599 during debate on the House floor. Video can be seen here. Earlier this month, Davis toured biotech facilities in his district to learn more about this process that is so important to our farmers, consumers, the American economy, and our ability to feed the world.