A bill by Rep. Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, to block state and local laws requiring labels on genetically modified foods cleared the U.S. House this summer but so far hasn’t gone anywhere in the Senate. Pompeo’s Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, which also would set up a voluntary nationwide labeling system overseen by the federal government, has strong support from the agriculture and food industries but is fiercely opposed by some consumer groups. Pompeo told the Topeka Capital-Journal that he needs at least half a dozen Senate Democrats to support the bill in order for it to pass, but he hadn’t found a Democrat to co-sponsor the Senate version of the bill. However, Pompeo will get an assist from Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., the chairman of the Senate Agriculture Committee, who plans to hold hearings on the issue. – Phillip Brownlee
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