GMO labeling issue still under negotiation

SenateLast week, the U.S. Senate failed to reach cloture on Chairman Pat Roberts’ GMO labeling bill—a bill that would create inconsistencies with the USDA certified organic seal, and does not meet the requirements for meaningful disclosure that would be necessary to preempt the states. Because it did not gain the 60 votes needed, Chairman Roberts’ bill will not proceed to a Senate vote on its merits. The Senate this week is out for recess and won’t return until April 4. Discussions are likely to continue toward trying to reach a bipartisan solution. OTA has advocated for and continues to advocate for a federal mandatory GMO labeling solution that ensures consistency with the organic laws and regulations. Contact Marni Karlin for more information, and stay tuned for future developments.

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