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March 26, 2017

Sen. Merkley Continues to Tout GMO Labeling Bill

Categories: Biotech

Lisa Balick reported yesterday at KOIN-TV (Portland, Ore.) Online that, “Oregon US Sen. Jeff Merkley is behind a bill to make sure consumers could find out whether a food has genetically modified ingredients.

“Merkley’s bill is designed as a compromise to one Congress is voting on that would ban any state from passing a law requiring GMO foods be labeled. If passed, Merkley said, there would be no US standards for GMOs.”

The article added that, “What Merkley’s proposed bill would do is create those national labeling standards that would replace any state-by-state labeling issues. One idea is to create a special GMO symbol all companies would use on packaging.

“Congress is expected to vote on the bill to ban labeling next week. Merkley hopes enough pressure from consumers will spur lawmakers to replace it with his compromise bill.”

A news release yesterday from Sen. Merkely indicated that, “Today, Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley visited Green Zebra Grocery in North Portland to discuss a bill, commonly referred to as the DARK – or Denying Americans the Right to Know – Act, which could be on the Senate floor next week that would permanently ban any state from requiring labeling of genetically modified ingredients in foods.

“Merkley also highlighted legislation that he introduced last week that creates a compromise to the DARK Act ensuring that consumers can find GMO ingredient labeling on food packaging while ensuring that food producers are not subject to confusing or conflicting labeling requirements in different locations.”

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