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Gabbard Chimes in on GMO Labeling

March 18, 2016, 3:54 PM HST
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Representative Tulsi Gabbard. U.S. House of Representatives photo.

Representative Tulsi Gabbard. U.S. House of Representatives photo.

United States Representative Tulsi Gabbard is asking Congress to pass right-to-know genetically modified food labeling legislation.

Congresswoman Gabbard released a statement that follows Wednesday’s 49-48 vote defeating the DARK Act, which would have overridden state laws that require labeling GMOs.

Senator Mazie Hirono and Senator Brian Schatz both voted against the legislation on Wednesday.

“The Senate’s vote against the DARK Act this week is a victory for American consumers, and a significant roadblock to big food corporations who are opposed to transparency for the American people,” said Representative Gabbard. “But make no mistake—this fight is not yet over.

“Until labeling of our food is mandatory, as it is in 64 other countries around the world, these companies and special interest groups will continue to try and strip away years of progress in food labeling laws made by states across the country in order to keep the American people in the dark. I call upon my colleagues to pass the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, and its companion bill in the Senate (S.511), to give American consumers and families the right to make transparent, informed decisions about their health and safety.”

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