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Congressman Peter DeFazio

Representing the 4th District of OREGON

DeFazio Statement on Anti-GMO Labeling Spending Report

Jul 29, 2014
Press Release

Washington, DC- Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) made the following statement after the Environmental Working Group released a report that shows the food industry spent $9 million in the first quarter of the year on efforts to defeat GMO labeling legislation.

“It’s very telling that corporate food manufacturers are pouring millions of dollars into defeating GMO labeling efforts, including my bill that would create a national labeling standard. This spending spree is a desperate attempt to derail solid legislation that is supported by an overwhelming number of Americans who just want to know what’s in the food they eat. I urge my colleagues in Congress to start listening to their constituents and not the mega-food companies that are using money to influence Congress and drown out the voice of average Americans.”

Rep. DeFazio introduced H.R. 1699, the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, on April 24, 2013.