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CLSA Backed Bill To Streamline GMO Labeling Passes House
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August 7, 2015

On July 23, the House passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Affordable Food Labeling Act, by a vote of 275-150. CLSA strongly supports this legislation, which guarantees that federal regulators remain the authority on food safety. H.R. 1599 ensures that food labeling is based on science and uniform across state lines. It also creates a voluntary, national GMO-free certification program, modeled after the highly successful National Organic Program, to inform those consumers who want to purchase GMO-free foods. A copy of a letter of support that CLSA cosigned in advance of the passage of the H.R. 1599 is available here.

Members of the California delegation who voted yes on H.R.1599 are:

Reps. Ami Bera (D- Sacramento); Ken Calvert (R- Corona); Paul Cook (R- Yucca Valley); Jim Costa (D- Fresno); Jeff Denham (R- Atwater); John Garamendi (D- Davis); Duncan Hunter (R- El Cajon); Darrell Issa (R- Vista); Steve Knight (R- Palmdale); Doug LaMalfa (R- Redding); Kevin McCarthy (R- Bakersfield); Tom McClintock (R- Roseville); Devin Nunes (R- Visalia); Dana Rohrabacher (R- Laguna Beach); Ed Royce (R- Brea); David Valadao (R- Hanford); and Mimi Walters (R- Irvine).

Companion legislation is expected to be introduced in the Senate in early fall.

CLSA is establishing an Agricultural, Industrial, and Environmental Biotech Policy Working Group to guide our policy engagement and advocacy priorities at the federal level. If your company is interested in participating in such a working group, please contact Mallori Merandino, CLSA’s Manager of Federal Government Relations (mmerandino@califesciences.org).