The Minnesota Soybean Growers Association (MSGA) applauds the House today, which by a vote of 275-150, passed H.R. 1599, the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. Forty-five Democrats joined 230 Republicans in support of the bill.
MSGA would like to extend a special thanks to Rep. Collin Peterson, Rep. Tom Emmer, Rep. Tim Walz, Rep. John Kline, Rep. Erik Paulsen and Rep. Betty McCollum for their support on this bill.
“We’re pleased to see that at the end of the day, despite all the rhetoric, politicians are listening to sound science and making informed decisions,” said Minnesota Soybean CEO Tom Slunecka. “The Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act allows Minnesota soybean farmers, and all farmers, freedom to make decisions on their farms that allow for environmentally sound production practices.”
The passage of the bill prevents state-by-state labeling laws, which supporters of the bill say could be more confusing than helpful and possibly drive up grocery costs, and it assists companies who wish to label and market their products as GMO-free by having in place a USDA-accredited certification process.
The bill is a culmination of months of public and behind-the-scenes work with influencers and to shore up congressional support on both sides of the aisle. American Soybean Association (ASA) and its state partners, including MSGA, accounted for more than a thousand letters, calls and emails to congressional offices in the last week alone.