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U.S. Chamber Praises National Solution to Biotech Food Labeling Issue
Legislation Passed Today Represents Major Step Forward in Providing Regulatory Certainty and Clear Consumer Information
WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Chamber of Commerce Executive Vice President for Government Affairs Bruce Josten released the following statement today applauding Congress for passage of common-sense biotech food labeling legislation:
“American companies understand that biotechnology is the future of food, agriculture, and medicine, and is a cornerstone of domestic investment and innovation. Biotech labeling on food has been one of the most significant issues facing the agriculture and food industry. This bipartisan legislation represents a major step forward in maintaining an orderly system for U.S. food producers, while providing consumers more information about their food. It was critically important that this information could be found without stigmatizing ingredients that are produced from, or that contain, biotechnology.
“The compromise legislation passed in the House today prevents increased costs to consumers and job creators and the chaos that would result from a state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws. We hope President Obama quickly signs this legislation into law, providing a national solution to replace what is now an increasingly confusing landscape.”
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