- Action Alert from the Organic Consumers
- Congress Poised to Pass Bill Taking Away
Right to Know What's in Your Food
- Tell your Congressman or Congresswoman
to vote "No" on House of Representatives Bill H.R. 4167, the
"National Uniformity for Food Act"
- The House of Representatives will vote
this week on a controversial "national food uniformity" labeling
law that will take away local government and states' power to require food
safety food labels such as those required in California and other states
on foods or beverages that are likely to cause cancer, birth defects, allergic
reactions, or mercury poisoning. This bill would also prevent citizens
in local municipalities and states from passing laws requiring that genetically
engineered foods and ingredients such as Monsanto's recombinant Bovine
Growth Hormone (rBGH) be labeled.
- The House will vote March 2, 2006 on
a bill that would gut state food safety and labeling laws. H.R. 4167, the
"National Uniformity for Food Act," lowers the bar on food safety
by overturning state food safety laws that are not "identical"
to federal law. Hundreds of state laws and regulations are at risk, including
those governing the safety of milk, fish, and shellfish. The bill is being
pushed by large supermarket chains and food manufacturers, spearheaded
by the powerful Grocery Manufacturers of America.
- Big food corporations and the biotech
industry understand that consumers are more and more concerned about food
safety, genetic engineering, and chemical-intensive agriculture, and are
reading labels more closely. They understand that pesticide and mercury
residues and hazardous technologies such as genetic engineering and food
irradiation will be rejected if there are truthful labels required on food
products. Industry-sponsored H.R. 4167 is gaining momentum and must be
stopped! Act now! Preserve local and regional democracy and protect yourself
and your family from unsafe food by sending an email or calling your Representative
and urging them to vote "No" on H.R. 4167.
- Please Take Action Now--Send a Message
to Your Congress Member in the House of Representatives to Vote "No"
on H.R. 4167 http://www.organicconsumers.org/rd/labeling.cfm
- And please call your Congress Member
- Ronnie Cummins,
- Organic Consumers Association