US House blocks mandatory GMO labeling

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On July 23, the U.S. House of Representatives took a measured and bold move to block any mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops. The house voted and passed HR 1599, which created the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act.

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Alliance for Hispanic Health supports FDA trans fats busting

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NRA reaches 6M food safety certifications

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