House expected to vote on GMO labeling compromise this week

House expected to vote on GMO labeling compromise this week

Senate passed legislation last week; House goes on summer recess after July 15.

The House is scheduled to take action on the GMO labeling compromise passed July 7 in the Senate this week.

The Senate amendment S.764 is likely to be considered Wednesday, when the House meets beginning at noon for legislative business.

The Senate passed the Roberts-Stabenow compromise on GMO labeling, 63-30, at 10:45 p.m. July 7.

Related: Senate passes GMO labeling compromise

The House passed its version of the bill in July 2015 and has until Friday to act on the bill before heading out of town for its summer recess.

The House is expected to vote on GMO labeling compromise this week. (Photo: darksite/Thinkstock)

On Monday, more than 1,100 agriculture, food and business organizations and companies sent a letter to House leadership calling on them to pass the Senate’s GMO labeling compromise.

“The issue of biotech disclosure is one of the most significant issues that the agriculture and food industry has faced in recent years. The U.S. agriculture and food industry creates over 17 million jobs, representing nearly 1 in 10 jobs,” the letter states. “This very system—which produces the most abundant, the highest quality, and the most affordable food in the world—will be threatened with large economic costs without a national uniform solution on this issue…. We strongly support S. 764 and ask that you schedule floor time and provide expedited consideration of this important and timely legislation. We pledge to work with members on both sides of the aisle to ensure quick passage of this bipartisan proposal.”

Just Label It today released a statement on House consideration of the labeling bill.

“Just Label It does not support the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling compromise,” said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It and Stonyfield Farm, in a media statement. “The GMO labeling legislation passed by the Senate and under consideration by the House this week falls short of what consumers rightly expect – a simple at-a-glance GMO disclosure on the package.  What’s more, the Roberts-Stabenow compromise contains loopholes that could limit the number of products that must carry a GMO disclosure. While we support a national, mandatory GMO labeling system, the legislation passed by the Senate and under consideration by the House does not give American consumers the same simple disclosure used in 64 other nations.”

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