Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Kansas, has proposed legislation that would usurp state GMO labeling laws. The law is meant to oppose the mandatory labeling laws that have been passed in Maine, Vermont, and Connecticut as well as the more than 70 bills that have been proposed in over 30 states. The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act provides for voluntary certification and would allow companies to advertise if they’re GMO-free while at the same time overriding mandatory state labeling laws.
“We took the positive feedback we received after our hearing in December and have been meeting with key stakeholders to ensure this is the right policy for both producers and consumers,” said Rep. Mike Pompeo in a statement. “Our goal for this legislation remains to provide clarity and transparency in food labeling, support innovation, and keep food affordable.”