“This bill represents an important step in cutting through the misinformation about GMOs and instead focuses on the science attesting to their safety and the benefits these crops provide,” Conner said in the release.
Bob Stallman, president of the American Farm Bureau Federation, Washington, D.C., also strongly supports the legislation.
“With the introduction of this legislation and the leadership of the bill’s sponsors, Farm Bureau looks forward to a national-level discussion that will affirm FDA’s role in assuring consumers about GMO safety and reduce the confusion that would result from a patchwork of state labeling initiatives,” Stallman said in a statement.
Ray Gilmer, vice president of issues management and communication for the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association, said the group does not yet have a position on the legislation. Ashley Boucher, public relations manager with the Newark, Del.-based Produce Marketing Association, said April 9 the group had no comment on the legislation.