The American Bakers Association (ABA) has joined the newly-formed Coalition for Accurate Product Labels (CAPL), a broad-based coalition advocating for clear, concise and scientifically accurate labelling for consumer products.
“Consumers have a right to know exactly what is in the products they buy,” said ABA President & CEO Robb MacKie. “Labels not based on sound science and legitimate risk only hinder consumers’ ability to shop smart and make healthy choices for their families.”
CAPL will be advocating for the Accurate Labels Act which amends the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act of 1966 by establishing science and risk-based criteria for all additional state and local labeling requirements. The bill also allows for state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites, where consumers can find up-to-date, relevant ingredients and warnings. If passed, the legislation would also provide bakers with clearer ground rules regarding food labeling. The bill has been introduced as H.R. 6022 by Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL-16) and S. 3019 by Sen. Jerry Moran (R-KS).
“These changes will ensure that all labels go through the same level of scientific scrutiny that existing nutrition and allergy labeling does,” said MacKie. “The Accurate Labels Act represents commonsense legislation that benefits bakers, consumers and regulators alike.”