Key Senators Reach Deal on The DARK Act
As reported by GMO Inside: Key Senators have reached a deal on Big Biotech’s Dream Bill that will ban state GMO labeling and require QR codes, 1-800 numbers or other labeling schemes with zero enforcement federally.
The DARK Act, now a compromise between Senators Stabenow (D-MI) and Roberts (R-KS) would ban states from requiring labeling of genetically engineered foods (GMOs) and create a sham labeling scheme that will allow companies to hide information about whether GMOs are in their products. The current “compromise” for GMO labeling is completely unacceptable and compromises the integrity of our food system. Instead of clear, on-packaging labeling, the latest version of the Dark Act will preempt Vermont’s and other states’ laws and establish a vague federal program based on QR codes, a symbol, 1-800 numbers or a statement on packages referring people to websites for more information. This is not disclosure…This is diversion.
There are other problems as well, including a definition of genetic engineering that is too narrow and exempts new genetic engineering techniques like gene editing. Under this bill many GMO products wouldn’t even require any labeling at all.
Vermont’s mandatory labeling law goes into effect on July 1, and many companies have already started to put clear GMO labels on their food packaging all across the country to comply with Vermont’s law. We have already seen clear GMO labels on products from Kellogg’s, General Mills, PepsiCo, Mars, ConAgra, and Campbell’s.
Yet this clear on-package information could quickly disappear if this Dark Act bill is passed into law. Big Biotech food companies are working hard to avoid using 4 simple words: “produced with genetic engineering”.
Call your Senator and tell them to reject Senator Roberts’ bill and any Senate compromise that would restrict states’ rights and result in anything less than clear mandatory on-package labels that state “produced with genetic engineering”.