Merkley Decries Senate Vote on Anti-Consumer GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the Senate voted to close debate on legislation that would prohibit states from requiring GMO labeling and instead institute weak federal requirements that would make it virtually impossible for ordinary consumers to access information about genetically modified ingredients in their food:

“How can you have a so-called ‘mandatory GMO labeling bill’ that doesn’t require on-package labels, doesn’t cover the most common GMO products, and doesn’t mandate a single consequence for companies that don’t comply? The answer is you can’t. This bill—the Monsanto DARK Act 2.0—contains the same basic flaws of the original Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act that the Senate rejected in March. It is a special-interest assault that takes away consumers’ right to know about GMO ingredients in their food.

“Any Senator who is serious about protecting consumers’ right to know what is in their food should be eager to amend this bill to fix these gaping loopholes. Nine in ten Americans, including Democrats, Republicans and independents, want clear labels on GMO ingredients in their food. Congress should defeat this bill and instead provide a clear national standard that gives consumers the easy-to-use label they want.”