CONGRESSMAN LIEU STATEMENT ON DARK ACT
Washington, D.C. - Today, Congressman Ted W. Lieu (D | Los Angeles) issued the following statement on the passage of H.R. 1599, the so-called “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act,” otherwise known as the “Deny Americans the Right to Know” or “DARK” Act. This misguided legislation makes labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs) voluntary and preempts states from regulating labeling for foods containing GMOs.
“Today I cast my vote against the passage of H.R. 1599. I have always supported requiring food producers to provide information that enables consumers to make informed decisions. This includes providing information as to whether or not the food they purchase contains GMOs. By refusing to require labeling of GMO foods and preempting states from doing otherwise, this bill keeps consumers in the dark.”