Iowa Sen. Grassley: GMO labeling deal “unlikely” before VT law goes into effect

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Sen. Chuck Grassley said [March 22] it will be difficult for Congress to reach a bipartisan deal on labeling products containing genetically modified ingredients before Vermont’s own law takes effect this summer. . . .

“It’s going to be very difficult to get such a bipartisan agreement, and I wouldn’t be surprised that what you are going to find (is) some food companies that think the business for 600,000 people in Vermont is probably not worth it, and they’ll quit doing business there,” Grassley told reporters.

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Grassley, an Iowa Republican, farmer and member of the Senate Agriculture Committee, described recent attempts to draft a bipartisan deal as a “careful balancing act.” Democrats largely back a mandatory labeling program, while Republicans favor a voluntary measure.

Grassley said he doesn’t think Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., is going to hold another vote when Congress returns from its Easter recess, unless there are 60 votes to stop debate and advance the bill.

“If I was in his position, I wouldn’t waste the time,” he said.

With growing uncertainty over whether Congress will act and what a final agreement will look like, General Mills, Mars and other companies have announced they will place GMO labels on their products to comply with the Vermont law.


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