New Version of DARK Act Further Dims the Light on Consumers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Thursday, June 18, 2015 Contact: Claire Benjamin (202) 631-6362 email@example.com A bill to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, is going from bad to worse as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and others in Congress find…
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A bill to deny consumers the right to know if their food contains genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs, is going from bad to worse as Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kan.) and others in Congress find new ways to tie the hands of states.
During a hearing today in the House of Representatives, members of Congress and witnesses discussed the updated draft of H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, or the Deny Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act, which would now disallow state or local governments from regulating GMO crops and would stop companies from making non-GMO until a new voluntary USDA certification program is established- a program that will likely take years to launch.
“These new provisions dim the lights further on consumers who simply want to know more about their and state leaders who want to give their constituents that information,” said Tom Colicchio, co-founder and board member of Food Policy Action “According to poll after poll, most Americans think we should label GMOs, not because they are unsafe, but because we deserve a transparent food system.”
In addition to the new provisions, the DARK Act will still block FDA from creating a mandatory, national GMO labeling standard and strip states, like Vermont, of their ability to label GMOs.