Updated: Jul 9, 2020
By Ashley Ellixson
Remember when I said that there is no current Federal genetically modified foods (GMO) labeling law? And recall a few weeks ago when I updated you on Vermont’s GMO labeling law and its current constitutional challenge? Well, today I will outline what could eventually be a Federal GMO labeling law which would effectively preempt all state laws on the topic.
So what does that mean exactly? There would be Federal regulations outlining requirements for GMO labeling of foods and this law would override all state or local GMO labeling requirements and, as a result, put Vermont’s GMO labeling law out of commission.
History of Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015
On March 25, Rep. Mike Pompeo of Kansas introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015 with lead co-sponsor Rep. G.K. Butterfield of North Carolina. On April 8, the bill (H.R. 1599) was referred to the subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research. This is the second time the bill has been introduced to Congress. The first was during the 113th Congress where it died in committee.
What Does the Act Require?