Merkley Statement on Senate Defeat of “DARK Act”

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Oregon’s Senator Jeff Merkley released the following statement after the U.S. Senate voted down a test vote on anti-GMO food labeling legislation commonly known as the “Denying Americans the Right to Know (DARK) Act:”

“Today is a victory for American consumers. Ordinary Americans stood up and fought back against special interests, and this vote is a testament to their efforts. I stand ready to work with my colleagues to find a path forward that provides a national standard with a consumer-friendly solution.

“In this deeply divided country, there is still one thing that almost all Americans regardless of political ideology agree on. Nearly nine in ten Americans support labeling of genetically modified foods. It would be a tragedy to deny Americans their fundamental right to know what is in their food.”