The Senate Agriculture Committee approved the National Uniformity for Food Act, sending it on to the full Senate. To date, 36 Senators are cosponsoring the bipartisan bill. Long sought by the food industry, the legislation establishes uniform national standards for adulteration, misbranding and warning labels on food products. A companion bill is pending in the House.
“In today’s world of national manufacturing and distribution, it makes no sense to have different labels in different states on the same products, especially if there is no real benefit to consumers,” said C. Manly Molpus, president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers of America. Not everyone sees it that way. The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) says the bill permits the FDA to void state food and dietary supplement safety laws without having to establish national requirements.