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Congressman Tom McClintock

Representing the 4th District of California

7/23/15 H.R. 1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015: YES

July 23, 2015
Vote Notes on Legislation

7/23/15 H.R. 1599 – Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015: YES.  This bill creates a uniform system across the U.S. to govern the labeling of so-called “genetically modified” foods.  Mankind has genetically modified crops and livestock since the dawn of recorded history (it’s called cross-breeding, and it gives us seedless grapes and sweeter corn).  Our understanding of genetics has taken a quantum leap in recent years, and so has our success at developing genetic modifications.  Although there is not a shred of evidence that a “genetically modified” crop is in the least bit harmful, a Luddite movement has arisen that demands all foods be labeled as to their genetic modifications.  This has resulted in a patchwork of local and state regulations that would make interstate commerce impossible.  (California voters rejected mandatory labeling in 2012).  Some cereals, for example, depend on dozens of crops which may or may not be “genetically modified,” depending on the source, and which in turn, may or may not meet the definitions established by hundreds of jurisdictions.  This measure establishes one criteria that companies can use in voluntarily labeling their products.  That allows consumers who are concerned about genetic modifications to purchase products so labeled, and leaves the rest of us alone.