[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

SCVNews.com | Boxer Bill Calls for Labeling of Genetically Altered Food | 04-24-2013
Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Clear
Clear
48°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
December 5
1938 - Supervisors award construction contract for jail at Wayside Farms in Castaic (later called Pitchess Detention Center). [story]


U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer

U.S. Sen. Barbara Boxer, D-Calif., and Rep. Peter DeFazio, D-Ore., introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act on Wednesday – bipartisan legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clearly label genetically engineered (GE) foods so that consumers can make informed choices about what they eat.

“Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families,” Senator Boxer said. “This legislation is supported by 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 buy.”

“When American families purchase food, they deserve to know if that food was genetically engineered in a laboratory,” Representative DeFazio said. “This legislation is supported by consumer’s rights advocates, family farms, environmental organizations, and businesses, and it allows consumers to make an informed choice.”

“American consumers have made it clear that they want to be empowered to make choices about the food they eat. This legislation will deliver the transparency every American deserves by providing clear labeling standards for food containing genetically engineered ingredients,” said Senator Gillibrand.

“This is a common sense approach to ensuring that American consumers know more and make more informed decisions about the foods they eat,” Senator Blumenthal said. “As an advocate for consumers’ rights and ally of many groups supporting this measure, I want to make sure the food industry gives consumers the full story about what they put on their dinner tables. Consumers deserve to have clear, consistent, and accurate facts about the food products they purchase. More information is always better than less.”

“Alaskans deserve to know what’s on their dinner plate, especially if it might come from a science lab. Labeling Genetically Engineered food should be a no-brainer which is why I’m pleased to join my colleagues on this bill to make sure consumers are fully informed when they make choices at the grocery store,” said Senator Begich.

“American families shouldn’t have to play a guessing game when it comes to the food they put on their kitchen tables,” Senator Tester said. “Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, and this bill gives them the tools they need to make informed decisions about the foods they choose.”

“All over this country people are becoming more conscious about the foods they are eating and the foods they are serving to their kids. This is certainly true for genetically engineered foods,” Senator Sanders said. “I believe that when a mother goes to the store and buys food for her child she has the right to know what she is feeding her child.”

“Oregonians want to know what is in their food, and they should have the right to find out,” said Senator Merkley. “Labeling is the common sense way to bring more transparency to consumers.”

According to surveys, more than 90 percent of Americans support the labeling of genetically engineered foods. In fact, many consumers are surprised to learn that GE foods are not already labeled.

Currently, the FDA requires the labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes, but the agency has resisted labels for genetically modified foods. In a 1992 policy statement, the FDA allowed GE foods to be marketed without labeling, claiming that these foods were not “materially” different from other foods because the genetic differences could not be recognized by taste, smell or other senses.

Unfortunately, the FDA’s antiquated labeling policy has not kept pace with 21st century food technologies that allow for a wide array of genetic and molecular changes to food that can’t be detected by human senses. Common sense would indicate that GE corn that produces its own insecticide – or is engineered to survive being doused by herbicides – is materially different from traditional corn that does not. Even the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has recognized that these foods are materially different and novel for patent purposes.

Consumers – who are used to reading labels to see if foods contain MSG, trans fats, high fructose corn syrup or aspartame – clearly want more information. More than one and a half million Americans have filed comments with the FDA urging the agency to label GE foods.

The bipartisan legislation introduced today would require clear labels for genetically engineered whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood. The measure would direct the FDA to write new labeling standards that are consistent with U.S. labeling standards and international standards.

Sixty-four countries around the world already require the labeling of GE foods, including all the member nations of the European Union, Russia, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand.

This legislation follows last year’s letter from Senator Boxer, Representative DeFazio and 54 Senate and House lawmakers urging the FDA to require the labeling of GE foods.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski (R-AK), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Richard Blumenthal (D-CT), Mark Begich (D-AK), Jon Tester (D-MT), Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Brian Schatz (D-HI) and Martin Heinrich (D-NM) are cosponsors of the Senate bill. Representatives Jared Polis (D-CO), Tulsi Gabbard (D-HI), Chellie Pingree (D-ME), Donna Christensen (D-Virgin Islands), Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), Peter Welch (D-VT), James Moran (D-VA), Louise Slaughter (D-NY), Don Young (R-AK), Jim McDermott (D-WA), Raul Grijalva (D-AZ), Earl Blumenauer (D-OR), Jared Huffman (D-CA), Jackie Speier (D-CA), Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Gerry Connolly (D-VA), George Miller (D-CA), David Cicilline (D-RI), Barbara Lee (D-CA), Grace Napolitano (D-CA), Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-DC) and Ann Kuster (D-NH) are cosponsors of the House bill.

 

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

No Comments

    Leave a Comment


    SCV NewsBreak
    Loading...
    Related Content
    LOCAL NEWS HEADLINES
    Friday, Dec 2, 2016
    LACoFD Battle 2 Brush Fires, Both Now Under Control
    Santa Clarita Valley firefighters handled a pair of brush fires Friday, officials said, leaving none injured and no structures threatened.
    Friday, Dec 2, 2016
    Crime Blotter: Burglary, Petty Theft in Stevenson Ranch
    Stevenson Ranch Crime Report: November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
    Thursday, Dec 1, 2016
    Motorcyclist Sustains Major Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash
    A 23-year-old woman was arrested after she attempted to flee the scene of a hit-and-run crash that left one man in the hospital with major injuries.
    Keep Up With Our Facebook

    Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
    1938 - Supervisors award construction contract for jail at Wayside Farms in Castaic (later called Pitchess Detention Center). [story]
    1962- Actress and future Soledad Canyon big-cat rescuer Tippi Hedren, "Hitchcock's New Grace Kelly," makes cover of Look magazine for upcoming thriller, "The Birds" [story]
    1887 - Prohibitionist Henry Needham purchases land in Newhall, attempts to establish "dry" colony [story]
    The Latino Business Alliance will be hosting a "Posada Breakfast" on December 6, which will be an opportunity to network with others in the Santa Clarita Valley.
    Dec. 6: Network with Fellow Business Owners at the Posada Breakfast
    Court Appointed Special Advocates of Los Angeles, or CASA/LA, a non-profit organization that drastically improves the lives of abused and neglected foster children in LA County through trained volunteer advocates, will be hosting its first CASA Book Fair in collaboration with Barnes & Noble of Valencia December 8.
    Dec. 8: CASA/LA Book Fair Fundraiser to be Held at Barnes & Noble in Valencia
    The County Interim Health Officer is issuing a Cold Weather Alert due to the National Weather Service’s forecast for low temperatures.
    Cold Weather Alert for Antelope Valley, L.A. County Mountain Areas
    Just as people plan for retirement, the California Highway Patrol (CHP) urges them to plan for changing needs and abilities in their driving as they age.
    CHP Recommends Planning for Senior Drivers
    Here it is the end of the year and the culmination of a lot of programs, services and projects for us at the city
    Message from the City Manager
    Santa Clarita Valley firefighters handled a pair of brush fires Friday, officials said, leaving none injured and no structures threatened.
    LACoFD Battle 2 Brush Fires, Both Now Under Control
    Stevenson Ranch Crime Report: November 21, 2016 - November 27, 2016
    Crime Blotter: Burglary, Petty Theft in Stevenson Ranch
    1972 - Five wounded in Vagos biker gang shooting at Curtis & JoAnne Darcy's Acton '49er Saloon [story]
    A 23-year-old woman was arrested after she attempted to flee the scene of a hit-and-run crash that left one man in the hospital with major injuries.
    Motorcyclist Sustains Major Injuries in Hit-and-Run Crash
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, Princess Cruises has agreed to plead guilty to seven charges stemming from its deliberate pollution of the seas and intentional acts to cover it up. Plus, retiring L.A. County Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich shares some inspiring words about achieving your dreams and moving forward. See these stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Thursday, December 1, 2016
    Pocock Brewing Co. will host their 1st Anniversary Beer Festival benefiting the Castaic and SCV Education Foundations this month.
    Pocock Brewing to Host Fundraiser for Castaic, SCV Education Foundations
    The Valley Industry Association will review and close the 2016 year, and formally install the 2017 Valley Industry Association Board of Directors at their upcoming meeting.
    Dec. 20: VIA to Install New Board of Directors
    The ALDI grocery store chain is coming to Santa Clarita this month.
    Dec. 15: ALDI Grocery Store to Open in Santa Clarita
    The Santa Clarita Public Libraries are providing families with plenty of occasions to embrace the spirit of the holidays through the month of December.
    Santa Clarita Libraries Embrace Holiday Spirit with Family-friendly Events
    The Transportation Research Board announced Thursday that Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty will become chair of its Executive Committee, effective January 12, 2017.
    Caltrans Appoints Chair of Executive Committee
    An artist named "Six" is hosting an opening reception for the installation piece "Ghost Band."
    ‘Ghost Band’ Art Installation Comes to ARTree
    The 16 Santa Clarita Valley LDS congregations of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints are inviting the public to attend their annual Community Christmas Concert.
    SCV Latter-day Saints Congregations Host ‘When Love Was Born’ Performance
    The Southern California Football Association has announced its 2016 All-League Teams and seven players from College of the Canyons are included among the honorees from the National Division, Northern League.
    SCFA Honors Seven COC Football Players
    A Valencia man got the chance to participate in as a featured “Trader” in an attempt to avoid “Zonks” and win a sensational selection of prizes on the game show "Lets Make A Deal".
    Valencia Man to Appear on ‘Lets Make A Deal’
    Bakkavor Foods USA, Inc. is voluntarily recalling Trader Joe’s Mediterranean Hummus and Trader Joe’s White Bean & Basil Hummus with “USE BY” date codes up through and including "12/15/2016," because these products have the potential to be contaminated with Listeria monocytogenes.
    Recall: Two Types of Trader Joe’s Hummus Potentially Contaminated by Listeria
    The death occurred in a middle-aged man, from the northern part of Los Angeles County, who had significant pre-existing medical conditions.
    First Flu Death in LA County Confirmed
    Princess Cruises has announced a settlement Friday, after a three-year Department of Justice investigation to a charge the company broke environmental laws by discharging sewage illegally.
    Princess Cruises to Pay Fine for Illegally Dumping Sewage
    Winter holidays are a time for families and friends to get together, but that also means a greater risk for fire.
    Steps to a Fire-Safe Holiday
    It has been my honor to serve as your Mayor this year. The city of Santa Clarita is one of California’s best cities and it just keeps getting better and better.
    Monthly Message from Mayor Bob Kellar
    1929 - Saugus train robber "Buffalo" Tom Vernon apprehended in Pawnee, Okla. [story]
    Tonight on SCV NewsBreak, we see how friends and family are remembering actor, Paul Walker. Plus, a firefighters and local dignitaries celebrated Fire Station 143 in Castaic today. See those stories and more on tonight's edition of SCV NewsBreak.
    SCV NewsBreak for Wednesday, November 30, 2016
    Two years ago, I took the oath to lead the nation’s largest Sheriff’s Department in a manner that put public trust at the core of what we do. I also made a promise to the 18,000 men and women at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD) that this could, and would, be done by focusing on our future together and closing the door on the divisiveness and factions that once threatened this great organization.
    Sheriff Jim McDonnell Announces New Executive Team
    Valencia Marketplace officials are inviting families and community members to a tree lighting ceremony this Thursday.
    Dec. 1: Valencia Marketplace Tree Lighting Ceremony
    Henry Mayo hosts training program to help community become more aware of the signs of suicide and how to help.
    Henry Mayo Hosts SafeTALK to Prevent Suicide, Create Awareness
    California State University, Northridge’s Valley Performing Arts Center has hosted several world-renowned artists since opening its doors in 2011.
    CSUN VPAC Celebrates Five Years of World-Renowned Artists
    Princess Cruises has won four awards from the readers of Porthole Cruise Magazine, receiving Best Central America Itineraries, Best South Pacific Itineraries, Best Onboard Shopping and Best Signature Cocktail in the magazine’s 18th annual Readers’ Choice Awards.
    Princess Cruises Wins Four Awards from Porthole Cruise Magazine
    [District Attorney] A 72-year-old convicted rapist was sentenced Wednesday to 520 years to life in state prison for sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl under his care in Canyon Country.
    Canyon Country Man Gets 520 Years to Life for Sexual Assaults
    An Agua Dulce man pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter and driving under the influence Tuesday.
    Agua Dulce Man Pleads Not Contest to DUI, Vehicular Manslaughter