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US FDA Slams New GMO Labeling Dark Act over QR Codes and Bioengineering
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has issued its technical comments to the Senate Agriculture Committee on the proposed GMO labeling Dark Act bill being put forward by Senators Roberts and Stabenow, and they are strongly critical.
Most notably the FDA red flags the bill’s narrow and ambiguous definition of “bioengineering,” which “will likely mean that many foods from GE sources will not be subject to this bill. For instance, oil made from GE soy would not have any genetic material in it. Likewise, starches and purified proteins would not be covered.”
The FDA further comments that it “may be difficult” for ANY GMO food to qualify for labeling under the bill in that it would have to be proven that a GMO product’s modification could not be achieved through conventional breeding or be found in nature – something near impossible to determine. This means most GMO foods would not be subject to mandatory labeling under this bill.
The FDA’s technical comments also highlight that the proposed bill’s allowing of electronic labeling is “in tension” with the FDA’s requirements that all labels be on package. Additionally the agency points out numerous instances of poor and vague drafting in the bill that would cause significant confusion in the marketplace. The FDA also notes a number of areas where the proposed bill conflicts with the FDA’s authorizing statute and its regulations.
The FDA points out many of the same flaws in the bill’s language that a national coalition of more than 70 consumer, food safety, farm, environmental, and religious groups along with several food corporations sent in a joint letter to all members of the Senate yesterday.
“The FDA critique makes it very clear that this is really a non-labeling bill disguised as a labeling bill. Its very definition excludes vast numbers of, and potentially all, GMO products from labeling. Preempting the democratically decided upon laws of five states based on this poorly written, discriminatory and ineffective legislation would be a travesty. A bill of this importance merits hearings, expert testimony and thorough legal analysis, not the “backroom dealing” that created this deeply flawed draft. As it stands, this bill is a sham and a legislative embarrassment,” said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety.
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What Senate backers aren’t saying about the GMO “compromise” bill
The backers of the Senate bill are portraying this as a big victory for those of us who don’t live in Vermont, which passed a GMO labeling law that goes into effect today. (The Senate committee’s Twitter feed even posted a map showing that their bill would spread Vermont-style labeling across all 50 states.) But this is a misleading claim.
The Vermont law is about clear, on-package labeling, but that’s not what the Senate is proposing. This bill is not about expanding GMO labeling; it’s about preventing states like Vermont from taking action. As the bill states, it would "immediately prohibit states or other entities from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered.”
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"You're blacklisted!" they exclaim, as food manufacturers ban the Health Ranger from purchasing their products for further testing, showing the great fear they have of the public finding out what these food manufacturers, distributors and sellers already know: that their products are slow-killing Americans, while raking in that cold, crisp cash.
"It's of no concern!" they cry, contending that the FDA and USDA don't even test for heavy metal toxins in foods, including organic foods.
"They're naturally occurring!" they argue, as they lie through their teeth about the chemical contaminants in their food products imported from China and Southeast Asia – including high levels of lead, aluminum, arsenic, tungsten and cadmium.
This week, Senators used a tactic that has not been used since 1976 to try to push this Darkest of Dark Acts through to deny our right to know what is in our food.
They snuck the Dark Act in a Planned Parenthood defunding bill and called for a "test vote". The results were that 68-29 voted FOR calling for a cloture (stop debate, no amendments) to move forward with the bill.
On Wednesday, July 6th they will vote for cloture. If they get 60 Yeay votes, then the following vote to approve it will simply be a formality, and we will have lost state rights to a sham of a "labeling law" that isn't mandatory, does not label ( they do NOT have to say "Produced with genetic engineering"), allows QR codes or websites instead, only labels a very narrow definition of GMOs so most would not require labeling, and eliminated Vermont's state rights. Even the FDA criticizes this bill.
The bill also moves the jurisdiction over labeling from the FDA to the USDA. Who is the head of the USDA? Tom Vilsack. The man who once, with a simple announcement, overturned the ruling of the Supreme Court (who denied GMO Alfalfa) by deregulating GMO alfalfa.
The corporations are simply rigging the system. This is not their country, this is our country!
This bill destroys democracy, does not label all GMOs, and discriminates against the lower income, children and elderly who do not want or have Smart phones.
We must stop it. We need everyone reading this to take action! Label_GMO_shirt.jpg Please visit, email, fax and/or call our Senators TODAY. All Senators can be reached at 202-224-3121. Just say your state. Call twice. We need to turn 9 votes.
The following Senators are particularly important. Thank you to GMO Free USA for the below list.
I remember feeling nervous to go visit my Senator's office the first time, but it really is not scary at all. The staffers are smart, attentive, twenty-something year olds whose JOB it is to listen to you. Go connect with them. You will be glad you did.
Ask them how their Senator will vote. Remind them that their constituents will not vote for Senators who do not protect them and state rights.
Please go visit the staff at their local office and tell them what you want: clearly written GMO labeling ON THE PACKAGE, mandatory, in Vermont and federally. We simply need to know what is in our food, it is the number on factor in our health and we are in a health crisis in America.
It is time to protect our children, our country and our democracy. Thank you.
Zen Honeycutt and Moms Across America Team
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