BY DONNA WESTFALL
I actually got an answer back today, August 12, 2013, in response to my complaint to our Senators about labeling genetically engineered foods:
Dear Mrs. Westfall:
Thank you for expressing your concerns about the labeling of genetically engineered foods. Ensuring that Americans are provided critical information about the foods they eat is important, and I appreciate hearing your views.
I have proudly introduced S.809, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act. This bipartisan legislation would direct the Food and Drug Administration to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods, including fish and seafood, as well as food containing GE ingredients so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.
My bill has strong support from a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen, and parents who all agree that consumers deserve more – not less – information about the food they feed their families.
In my continued efforts to establish labeling requirements for GE food, I also offered two amendments to the Senate version of the Farm Bill. One amendment would have produced a report on GE food labeling, and the other would have expressed a sense of the Senate in support of labeling. I also supported an amendment that would have reaffirmed a state’s right to require labeling of GE food. Unfortunately, these proposals were not included in the final Senate Farm Bill.
The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act has been referred to the Senate Health Committee. Be assured that I will keep working to see my bill passed by Congress and signed into law.
Again, thank you for writing to me. Please know that I will continue to fight for a safe and environmentally responsible food supply system that also protects consumers’ right to information.
United States Senator