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Statement of EWG’s Scott Faber on Passage of DARK Act by Senate Agriculture Committee

WASHINGTON - The Environmental Working Group issued the following statement today after the Senate Agriculture Committee narrowly passed a version of the House-adopted what EWG calls the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act.

The bill would block states from enacting GMO labeling laws and make it harder for companies to voluntarily label foods made with genetically engineered ingredients. Scott Faber, EWG’s senior vice president of government affairs, said:

The version of the DARK Act that passed the Senate Agriculture Committee today would rob Americans of their right to know what’s in their food. Nine out of ten Americans want the same rights as consumers in Russia, China and more than 60 other nations that require mandatory GMO labeling.

 We remain hopeful that the Senate will craft a national, mandatory GMO labeling system that provides consumers with basic factual information about their food.  We applaud Senator Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., for her leadership and urge Republicans to work with her to craft a national solution that works for consumers and works for industry.

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