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For immediate release:
Monday, February 22, 2016
For more information contact:
Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director, 516-390-7150, aesposito@citizenscampaign.org
Brian Smith, Associate Executive Director, 716-472-4078, bsmith@citizenscampaign.org

ANTI-RIGHT-TO-KNOW, ANTI-CONSUMER "DARK" ACT INTRODUCED IN U.S. SENATE

CCE opposes legislation that would prevent states from enacting GMO-labeling laws

Farmingdale, NY – On Friday, Federal legislation known as the “DARK Act” or “Denying Americans the Right to Know” was introduced in the U.S. Senate, after having been passed by the U.S. House of Representatives (H.R. 1599) last year. If enacted, the bill would block states’ ability to require Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling on food and would prevent federal agencies from implementing a labeling system for GMOs.


“The American public deserves the right to know what is in the food we feed our families. GMO labeling laws simply allow people to make more informed choices about the food that they consume. The ill-conceived “DARK Act” would only serve to prevent this critical information from reaching the public,” said Adrienne Esposito, Executive Director of Citizens Campaign for the Environment.


Vermont, Connecticut, and Maine have already passed GMO labeling laws, while similar legislation has been introduced in over 30 states over the last few years, including in New York. The “DARK Act” would undo these state efforts to increase transparency on food labels. Sixty-four nations across the globe have enacted laws to either require labeling or ban GMO foods.


“GMO crops have been associated with increased pesticide use, decreased biodiversity, and possible human health impacts. Polls show that over 90% of Americans support GMO labeling laws. We are counting on our Senators in New York and Connecticut to fight on behalf of the people, and lead the charge against this anti-consumer, anti-right-to-know legislation,” concluded Esposito.

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Citizens Campaign for the Environment (CCE) empowers communities and advocates solutions for our shared environment and public health and is supported by over 80,000 members throughout New York State and Connecticut. www.citizenscampaign.org

updated by jchristensen  2/22/16