Senate final vote is against on-package labeling

Special to the S-E

The U.S. Senate voted last week, 63-30, to pass the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

Instead of using Vermont’s “produced with genetic engineering” label on such foods, the SAFLAct would instead say “scan here for more food information,” and has a digital code accessible via smart phone. Or, a food company can list a webmail address or an 800 number.

Vermont passed their labeling law two years ago, and it went into effect July 1. It will remain in effect for now.

But the Senate vote is not a final juncture for food labeling or non-labeling advocates. The SAFLAct now goes to the U.S. House for consideration. A similar law was approved there last year.

If the House and Senate reach agreement, it goes to the president’s office for the signature that would enact it as law.

Read the full article in the July 13, 2016 issue of the Statesman-Examiner.