Labeling uniformity bill re-introduced

Sen. Pat Roberts, R-KS, has re-introduced the National Uniformity for Food Act to require national uniformity of food safety warnings on labeling, advertising and other forms of public communication.

A House version also is being introduced. The bill was first introduced in 1998 and is strongly supported by Grocery Manufacturers of America, the National Food Processors Assn. and other food industry groups. Currently, any state can issue its own warning requirements, which can inhibit interstate commerce and mean additional costs to manufacturers and, ultimately, to consumers. States retain the ability to impose other types of labeling requirements including freshness/sell-by dates, unit price, container deposits, religious dietary (kosher) labeling and other criteria that are separate from food safety warnings.

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