The US House Committee on Agriculture Committee has passed HR 1599 or the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015. The bill was introduced by US Representatives Mike Pompeo, R-KS, and G. K. Butterfield, D-NC.
The newly passed Act specifies the following:
- Creation of a uniform, national system governing the premarket review and labeling of genetically engineered foods
- Requirement to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to conduct a safety review of all new plant varieties used for genetically engineered food before those foods are introduced into commerce.
- Provision to uphold FDA’s authority to specify special labeling if it believes it is necessary to protect health and safety
- Creation of a new legal framework, subject to FDA oversight, governing the use of label claims regarding either the absence of, or use of, genetically engineered food or food ingredients
- Provision to direct FDA to develop Federal definition for “natural” claims on product labels
- Allow those who wish to label their products as GMO-free to do so by through a USDA-accredited certification processThe bill passed on July 14, 2015.