Washington, D.C., August 1, 2016—In response to President Obama’s signing of S.764, the “Biotech Labeling Solutions Act,” the Council for Responsible Nutrition (CRN), the leading trade association for the dietary supplement and functional food industry, issued the following statement:
Statement by Steve Mister, president and CEO, CRN:
“We extend thanks to President Obama for his signature of S.764. This law is a constructive and practical solution for consumers seeking to educate themselves about whether food products contain genetically engineered ingredients in order to make informed purchasing decisions.
Further, CRN acknowledges the bipartisan efforts of Representatives Mike Conaway (R-TX), Collin Peterson (D-MN), Mike Pompeo (R-KS) and G.K. Butterfield (D-NC), and Senators Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI). Demonstrating strong leadership, their resolution showed an impressive spirit of compromise by putting the needs of consumers first.
Now that the implementation of the law is in the hands of the U.S. Department of Agriculture, CRN is optimistic that rules will be promptly developed and issued so that our industry can provide feedback on the new regulations. Consumers will be well-served by a single, federal requirement to allow them more information about the foods they eat and serve their families.”