Senate reaches agreement. A bipartisan agreement has been reached among negotiators in the U.S. Senate on national disclosure standards for genetically engineered foods.
The compromise bill was announced recently by Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-MI, the Agriculture Committee’s ranking member, and its chairman, Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS. The legislation would create the first mandatory, nationwide label for food products containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“This bipartisan agreement is an important path forward that represents a true compromise. Since time is of the essence, we urge our colleagues to move swiftly to support this bill,” the two lawmakers said in a joint statement. The legislation will need 60 votes to pass the Senate. The House, which is on break until July 5, would also have to approve the legislation since it differs in many respects from the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (H.R. 1599) the chamber passed last July by a vote of 275-150.