ASSEMBLY RESOLUTION No. 152

STATE OF NEW JERSEY

217th LEGISLATURE

 

INTRODUCED MAY 23, 2016

 


 

Sponsored by:

Assemblyman  BOB ANDRZEJCZAK

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

Assemblyman  R. BRUCE LAND

District 1 (Atlantic, Cape May and Cumberland)

 

 

 

 

SYNOPSIS

     Urges enactment of “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

 

CURRENT VERSION OF TEXT

     As introduced.

  


An Assembly Resolution urging the enactment of the federal “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

 

Whereas, Consumers are interested and invested in knowing information about the foods they eat every day, from the source or origin of the food to the nutritional facts and composition of the food; and

Whereas, Certain foods and products include “genetically engineered organisms,” commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are plants containing genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques rather than through the use of conventional breeding techniques; and

Whereas, In March 2015, Representative Pompeo and many other members of Congress introduced H.R. 1599, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015”; and

Whereas, In July 2015, the House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599 with bipartisan support, and the bill awaits consideration by the Senate; and

Whereas, The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” provides that the United States Food and Drug Administration may require a GMO food to have a label that informs consumers of a material difference between the GMO food and a comparable food if the disclosure is necessary to protect public health and safety or to prevent the label from being false or misleading; and

Whereas, Enactment of the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” would avert inconsistency resulting from a patchwork of state labeling laws, while providing clarity and transparency in food labeling, supporting innovation, and keeping food affordable; and

Whereas, Under the bill, the food safety role of the United States Food and Drug Administration would be preserved and affirmed and the general public’s appetite for knowing the contents of their food would be satiated; and

Whereas, It is the intent of the sponsors of the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” to ensure that America’s farmers will continue to be able to innovate and improve the quality and quantity of their crops and provide nutritious, affordable food on families’ tables both in the United States and across the world; and

Whereas, It is in the public interest, of the citizens of the State of New Jersey and this great nation, to improve consumer food product awareness through accurate, standardized, and transparent labeling and to support the important work of farmers; now, therefore,

 

     Be It Resolved by the General Assembly of the State of New Jersey:

     1.    The United States Congress is respectfully urged to support and pass, and the President to sign into law, H.R. 1599 of 2015, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

 

     2.    Copies of this resolution, as filed with the Secretary of State, shall be transmitted by the Clerk of the General Assembly to the President and Vice President of the United States of America, the Majority and Minority Leaders of the United States Senate, the Speaker and Minority Leader of the United States House of Representatives, every sponsor of H.R. 1599 of 2015, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” and every member of Congress elected from this State.

 

 

STATEMENT

 

     This resolution urges Congress to pass, and the President to sign into law, the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015.”

     Certain foods and products include “genetically engineered organisms,” commonly referred to as genetically modified organisms (GMOs), which are plants containing genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant DNA techniques rather than through the use of conventional breeding techniques.

     The “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015,” H.R.1599, was introduced in March 2015 by Representative Pompeo and passed with bipartisan support in the House of Representatives in July 2015.  Under the bill, the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) may require a GMO food to have a label that informs consumers of a material difference between the GMO food and a comparable food if the disclosure is necessary to protect public health and safety or to prevent the label from being false or misleading; the use of a GMO would not, by itself, constitute a material difference.

     Enactment of H.R. 1599 would avert inconsistency resulting from a patchwork of state labeling laws, while providing clarity and transparency in food labeling, supporting innovation, and keeping food affordable.  Additionally, H.R. 1599 would preserve and affirm the food safety role of the FDA.