Klobuchar Votes Against Minnesota Consumers

For Immediate Release
March 1, 2016

Klobuchar Votes Against Minnesota Consumers

 WASHINGTON– During a mark up in the Senate Agriculture Committee, Senator Amy Klobuchar voted yes to bring to the floor of the Senate a bill– known as the Deny Americans the Right to Know, or DARK Act. The anti-consumer legislation would block states from enacting GMO labeling laws and make it harder for companies to adopt voluntary labeling initiatives.

“Not only would Sen. Roberts’ version of the DARK Act block states from labeling GMOs, it would also make it more difficult for companies like Campbell Soup Co. to voluntarily disclose the presence of GMOs,” said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It and Stonyfield Farm. “We are disappointed that Senator Klobuchar did not stand up for the rights of states and consumers by rejecting this bad bill.”

A survey of Minnesota voters in June 2015 found that 84% –regardless of party, age, or gender– support mandatory GMO labeling.

“Just Label It calls on the Senate to reject the DARK Act and urges Sen. Klobuchar to instead support a proposal that gives consumers the right to know what’s in their food – a right already held by consumers in 64 nations,” said Hirshberg.

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