Over 70 members of the American Bakers Association took to Capitol Hill last week during the ABA 2015 Fall Policy Conference. Representatives of major baking companies, ingredient providers, and trade partners, met with more than 20 Senate offices to urge swift passage of the bi-partisan “Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act” and the overwhelmingly agreed-to House COOL Repeal bill.
“We are excited with the focused, engaged group of bakers and suppliers in Washington to push ABA’s policy priorities over the finish line,” said ABA President & CEO, Robb MacKie. “At this critical time in Washington, having ABA members from all over the country educating lawmakers on the impact of legislation on their businesses is invaluable.”
Bakers are facing severe challenges as they look ahead toward implementation of the Vermont GMO labeling law and the continued pressures from a state-by-state labeling initiatives.
“A state-by-state patchwork is completely unworkable,” said Cory Martin, ABA Director of Government Relations. “It is a logistical nightmare waiting to happen; one that will lead to a dramatic increase in grocery prices without there being a single health benefit provided to consumers.”
ABA members also pushed for swift passage of the widely agreed upon House COOL Repeal bill.
“The baking industry is facing a possible 100 percent tax on baked goods and ingredients from Canada and Mexico, due to non-compliance with the WTO ruling,” said Mike Goscinski, ABA Manager of Government Relations & Public Affairs. “Now is not the time to toy with the idea of voluntary labeling standards, hurt business, and risk straining relationships with our two biggest trade partners.”
The American Bakers Association capped the day off with their annual Bakers’ Dozen Awards Reception where they honored House and Senate champions of the industry.