Rep. Gabbard introduces GE food labeling legislation

WASHINGTON D.C. (HawaiiNewsNow) - Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has cosponsored 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.

"Food is a basic necessity in our everyday lives, and people have a right to know what is in the food that we eat," said Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard, who delivered remarks on the House floor about the legislation today. "I have long been an advocate of labeling food containing GE products because consumers deserve honest, transparent information about their food. This legislation puts consumers first and will empower them to make informed choices for themselves and their families."

Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act (H.R. 1699), would require labeling for GE whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood. The measure would direct the FDA to write new labeling standards for GE foods that are consistent with U.S. labeling standards and international standards.

Full text of the legislation is available here.

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