SNAC International Members Bring Snack Industry’s Voice to Capitol Hill

Urgent need for Federal GMO labeling solution and other critical industry issues discussed during SNAC’s Annual Legislative Summit and Fly-in

June 10, 2016

SNAC International Members Bring Snack Industry’s Voice to Capitol Hill

Urgent need for Federal GMO labeling solution and other critical industry issues discussed during SNAC’s Annual Legislative Summit and Fly-in

WASHINGTON, D.C. – This week, SNAC International members met with more than 75 Capitol Hill offices to urge quick action in support of a national, uniform GMO labeling solution. Congress has just 11 working days until Vermont’s GMO labeling law goes into effect on July 1.

Because SNAC International members do not manufacture, distribute, and sell in just one state, a patchwork of different state labeling laws would be incredibly complex to implement and would impede interstate commerce. Unless Congress acts swiftly, families, farmers and food companies will face chaos in the market and higher costs.

“Our Legislative Summit comes at a critical moment in the effort to prevent a confusing patchwork of GMO labeling rules. We hope our members’ collective voice was heard loud and clear – we need a solution, and we need it now,” SNAC International CEO Tom Dempsey said. “SNAC International represents a wide variety of snack manufacturers and their suppliers, from large international brands to small and mid-sized companies. Make no mistake – those regional, family-owned companies would be hit the hardest by state-by-state labeling mandates.”

The Legislative Summit’s policy conference featured Rep. Andy Harris (R-MD), who has been a champion for science-based nutrition policy. SNAC International members headed to Capitol Hill on June 8 for a full day of meetings with Members of Congress and their staffs. The event also included the annual “Snack Attack” reception, a popular event that gives snack makers the opportunity to build relationships with decision makers and coalition partners.

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Tom Dempsey (SNAC International) and Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI)

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Senator John Cornyn (R-TX) and Andres Pozuelo (Alimentos Jack's de C.A.S.A.)

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Rich Rudolph (Rudolph Foods Company, Inc.), Rep. Pete

Aguilar (D-CA), and Hector Guerra (Evans Food Group Ltd.) 

For more information about SNAC International’s Legislative Summit, please visit www.snacintl.org or contact David Walsh at dwalsh@snacintl.org. SNAC International (formerly the Snack Food Association) is the international trade association of the snack food industry, representing more than 400 snack manufacturers and suppliers worldwide. The association's mission is to create resources that fuel and reinforce value for its members by offering services and relationship building forums for members in support of industry growth and dynamic relevance. SNAC International accomplishes its mission through the three pillars of government relations, education, and networking access.