Grocery Manufacturers Association Seeks to Pre-empt GMO Food Labeling | PR Watch

When the Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), a Big Food lobby group, was sued for not disclosing the donors behind its heavyweight contribution to stop the Washington State ballot initiative to label genetically engineered foods in 2013, the public learned a few interesting things about its funding and plans. Not only did GMA eventually release those donors — including large contributions from Coca-Cola, Pepsi, and Nestlé, among others — but a public records request by public health lawyer and food blogger Michele Simon yielded GMA’s confidential strategy document, which she then shared with the New York Times.

Topping GMA’s list of priorities? “Pursue statutory federal preemption which does not include a labeling requirement.” So it came as less of a surprise when Politico reported this year that GMA is preparing to push a bill in Congress to do just that — pre-empt state and local mandatory labeling laws (already passed in Connecticut and Maine) and replace them with a voluntary federal standard.

via Grocery Manufacturers Association Seeks to Pre-empt GMO Food Labeling | PR Watch.

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