Cargill statement on Introduction of The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
March 26, 2015
Cargill supports bipartisan legislation introduced by U.S. Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas that would increase the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) oversight of genetically modified organisms (GMO) and set national labeling standards for GMO and non-GMO foods.
The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 would avoid a costly and confusing patchwork of state-by-state labeling requirements by reaffirming FDA’s authority to decide when GMO foods should be labeled. The Act aims to increase public confidence in food safety by requiring FDA review of new GMOs. It would also establish a USDA certification program for non-GMO foods modeled after the success of national organic labeling, which would assist consumers seeking non-GMO options.
Cargill believes that biotechnology is a powerful tool to help meet the growing global demand for safe, affordable and nutritious food. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act is a sound proposal and Cargill pledges to work with Congress and other interested parties to pass it this year.
Cargill is a global provider of foods and ingredients, and marketer of GMO, conventional (Non-GMO) and organic products. For more information about Cargill’s views on GMO foods, please click here.