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OCA Calls on Consumers to Persuade Rep. Pompeo to Abandon Plans to Support Industry Bill that Would Preempt GMO Labeling Laws

  • Pompeo signals he’ll co-sponsor GMA-written bill to preempt state and federal mandatory labeling of GMOs; OCA asks consumers to help stop Pompeo and urge him instead to support consumers’ and states’ rights
    Organic Consumers Association, April 1, 2014

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2014    

CONTACT: Organic Consumers Association, Katherine Paul, 207.653.3090

FINLAND, Minn.
– The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today called on its million-plus network of consumers to help stop Rep. Mike Pompeo from co-sponsoring a bill, written by the junk food industry, that would preempt state and federal laws mandating the labeling of genetically modified organisms in food.

“Consumers should be outraged that Rep. Pompeo, or any member of Congress, would co-sponsor a bill written by industry, for the sole purpose of protecting corporate and shareholder profits, when 90 percent of Americans oppose the proposed legislation,” said Ronnie Cummins, national director of the OCA.

“More evidence surfaces every day implicating GMO-contaminated food in a long list of chronic illnesses. Until further, comprehensive, independent safety testing is done on the impact of GMOs on human health, consumers should at the very least be able to avoid those foods by reading a label. This proposed bill would not only keep labels off of our food, but it is a direct attack on states’ constitutional right to pass laws to protect public health.”

POLITICO announced this morning that Pompeo plans to co-sponsor the GMA’s bill.

The news follows on the heels of last week’s comments by FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg that the U.S. Food & Drug Administration (FDA) plans to finalize guidance on the voluntary labeling of GMOs, despite the growing body of scientific evidence that GMOs, and the chemicals required to grow GMO crops, are potentially damaging to human health.

For press inquiries, please contact Katherine Paul by email or phone: 207.653.3090207.653.3090

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.
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