SNAC International Praises Senate Passage of Roberts-Stabenow GMO Agreement

July 8, 2016

Arlington, VA - SNAC International today praised the U.S. Senate’s passage by a 63-30 vote of common-sense bipartisan legislation developed by Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) that will protect its member companies, both big and small, by providing consistent ingredient disclosure standards for shoppers across America.

“By passing the Roberts-Stabenow Agreement, the Senate has laid the groundwork for consistent, national labeling standards that will reduce consumer confusion and put a halt to a patchwork of state labeling laws that would wreak havoc on interstate commerce,” said Tom Dempsey, President and CEO of SNAC International. “SNAC International’s members consist of large and small companies alike, and none do business in a single state. That is why it is crucial that we pass national, uniform disclosure standards. Absent a federal solution, we would see a decrease in consumer choice in the marketplace, and American families would pay more for their groceries as a result. 

“We are tremendously thankful for this Senate vote and for the leadership of Senators Roberts and Stabenow for their tireless efforts in reaching a bipartisan compromise, and we urge the U.S. House of Representatives to quickly pass the legislation prior the Summer recess. The negative consequences of Vermont’s labeling mandate are already being felt through fewer products on shelves, and these consequences will only increase unless Congress acts quickly to pass this bill.”