The misleading name of H.R. 1599 is the “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015” but it is commonly referred to as the D.A.R.K. Act, (Deny Americans the Right to Know Act). This bill has already passed in the House and is being heard at the Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition and Forestry on October 21, 2016.Watch 3 1/2 hours of recorded testimony here.
The DARK Act is designed to forever prohibit any state or federal labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods and weaken federal regulation of genetically modified foods (GMOs).
- The DARK Act would rescind state GE food labeling laws already passed in VT, CT, ME and several municipalities and would prohibit new GE Labeling laws under consideration in RI, MA and NY.
- The DARK Act would prevent the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from establishing a national mandatory labeling standard or allowing voluntary labeling of GE foods.
- The FDA already requires labeling of over 3,000 ingredients, additives and processes. GE food labeling should be no different.
- 64 countries around the world require GE foods to be labeled. Many American products with GE ingredients sold in these countries are already labeled.
Tell your Senators what you think about the D.A.R.K. Act:
Ask them to “OPPOSE the DARK ACT and SUPPORT MANDATORY GE FOOD LABELING.”