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Short Titles

Short Titles - House of Representatives

Short Titles as Passed House

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Short Titles as Reported to House

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Short Titles as Introduced

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

Official Titles

Official Titles - House of Representatives

Official Title as Introduced

To amend the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act with respect to food produced from, containing, or consisting of a bioengineered organism, the labeling of natural foods, and for other purposes.


Actions Overview (4)

Date
07/23/2015Passed/agreed to in House: On passage Passed by recorded vote: 275 - 150 (Roll no. 462).
07/21/2015Supplemental report filed by the Committee on Agriculture, H. Rept. 114-208, Part II.
07/16/2015Reported (Amended) by the Committee on Agriculture. H. Rept. 114-208, Part I.
03/25/2015Introduced in House

All Actions (42)

Date Chamber
07/24/2015SenateReceived in the Senate and Read twice and referred to the Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry.
07/23/2015-2:08pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/23/2015-2:08pmHouseH.Amdt.682 On agreeing to the Polis of Colorado amendment to the title Failed by the Yeas and Nays: 87 - 337 (Roll no. 463).
07/23/2015-1:51pmHouseH.Amdt.682 Amendment (A005) offered by Mr. Polis. (consideration: CR H5438-5439; text: CR H5438)
07/23/2015-1:51pmHouseMotion to reconsider laid on the table Agreed to without objection.
07/23/2015-1:51pmHouseOn passage Passed by recorded vote: 275 - 150 (Roll no. 462).
07/23/2015-1:44pmHouseThe House adopted the amendment in the nature of a substitute as agreed to by the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union. (text of measure in the nature of a substitute: CR H5426-5430)
07/23/2015-1:44pmHouseThe previous question was ordered pursuant to the rule. (consideration: CR H5438)
07/23/2015-1:43pmHouseThe House rose from the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union to report H.R. 1599.
07/23/2015-1:43pmHouseH.Amdt.680 On agreeing to the DeLauro amendment (A003) Failed by recorded vote: 163 - 262 (Roll no. 461).
07/23/2015-1:39pmHouseH.Amdt.679 On agreeing to the Huffman amendment (A002) Failed by recorded vote: 196 - 227 (Roll no. 460).
07/23/2015-1:32pmHouseH.Amdt.678 On agreeing to the DeFazio amendment (A001) Failed by recorded vote: 123 - 303 (Roll no. 459).
07/23/2015-1:04pmHouseUNFINISHED BUSINESS - The Chair announced that the unfinished business was on adoption of amendments, which had been debated earlier and on which further proceedings had been postponed.
07/23/2015-1:04pmHouseH.Amdt.681 On agreeing to the Pingree amendment (A004) Failed by voice vote.
07/23/2015-12:46pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Pingree amendment No. 4.
07/23/2015-12:46pmHouseH.Amdt.681 Amendment (A004) in the nature of a substitute offered by Ms. Pingree. (consideration: CR H5433-5435; text: CR H5433)
07/23/2015-12:46pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the DeLauro amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Ms. DeLauro demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
07/23/2015-12:37pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeLauro amendment No. 3.
07/23/2015-12:37pmHouseH.Amdt.680 Amendment (A003) offered by Ms. DeLauro. (consideration: CR H5432-5433, H5437; text: CR H5432)
07/23/2015-12:36pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the Huffman amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. Huffman demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
07/23/2015-12:29pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H. Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the Huffman amendment No. 2.
07/23/2015-12:28pmHouseH.Amdt.679 Amendment (A002) offered by Mr. Huffman. (consideration: CR H5431-5432, H5436-5437; text: CR H5431)
07/23/2015-12:28pmHousePOSTPONED PROCEEDINGS - At the conclusion of debate on the DeFazio amendment, the Chair put the question on adoption of the amendment and by voice vote, announced that the noes had prevailed. Mr. DeFazio demanded a recorded vote and the Chair postponed further proceedings on the question of adoption of the amendment until a time to be announced.
07/23/2015-12:21pmHouseDEBATE - Pursuant to the provisions of H.Res. 369, the Committee of the Whole proceeded with 10 minutes of debate on the DeFazio amendment No. 1.
07/23/2015-12:21pmHouseH.Amdt.678 Amendment (A001) offered by Mr. DeFazio. (consideration: CR H5430-5431, H5436; text: CR H5430)
07/23/2015-11:11amHouseGENERAL DEBATE - The Committee of the Whole proceeded with one hour of general debate on H.R. 1599.
07/23/2015-11:11amHouseThe Speaker designated the Honorable Michael K. Simpson to act as Chairman of the Committee.
07/23/2015-11:11amHouseHouse resolved itself into the Committee of the Whole House on the state of the Union pursuant to H. Res. 369 and Rule XVIII.
07/23/2015-11:10amHouseResolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1599 and H.R. 1734.
07/23/2015-11:10amHouseConsidered under the provisions of rule H. Res. 369. (consideration: CR H5416-5439)
07/21/2015-7:34pmHouseRules Committee Resolution H. Res. 369 Reported to House. Resolution provides for consideration of H.R. 1599 and H.R. 1734.
07/21/2015HouseSupplemental report filed by the Committee on Agriculture, H. Rept. 114-208, Part II.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
07/21/2015-4:49pmHouseMr. Conaway asked unanimous consent that the Committee on Agriculture be authorized to file a supplemental report on H.R. 1599. Agreed to without objection.
07/16/2015HouseReported (Amended) by the Committee on Agriculture. H. Rept. 114-208, Part I.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
07/14/2015HouseOrdered to be Reported (Amended) by Voice Vote.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
07/14/2015HouseCommittee Consideration and Mark-up Session Held.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
04/08/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research.
Action By: Committee on Agriculture
03/27/2015HouseReferred to the Subcommittee on Health.
Action By: Committee on Energy and Commerce
03/25/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/25/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/25/2015HouseReferred to the Committee on Energy and Commerce, and in addition to the Committee on Agriculture, for a period to be subsequently determined by the Speaker, in each case for consideration of such provisions as fall within the jurisdiction of the committee concerned.
03/25/2015HouseIntroduced in House

Cosponsors (106)

* = Original cosponsor
CosponsorDate Cosponsored
Rep. Butterfield, G. K. [D-NC-1]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Scott, David [D-GA-13]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Ashford, Brad [D-NE-2]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Kirkpatrick, Ann [D-AZ-1]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Adams, Alma S. [D-NC-12]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Plaskett, Stacey E. [D-VI-At Large]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Hastings, Alcee L. [D-FL-20]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Schrader, Kurt [D-OR-5]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Whitfield, Ed [R-KY-1]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Ellmers, Renee L. [R-NC-2]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Collins, Chris [R-NY-27]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Wagner, Ann [R-MO-2]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Cramer, Kevin [R-ND-At Large]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Valadao, David G. [R-CA-21]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Newhouse, Dan [R-WA-4]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Nunes, Devin [R-CA-22]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Blum, Rod [R-IA-1]* 03/25/2015
Rep. Long, Billy [R-MO-7] 03/26/2015
Rep. Huelskamp, Tim [R-KS-1] 03/26/2015
Rep. Luetkemeyer, Blaine [R-MO-3] 03/26/2015
Rep. DesJarlais, Scott [R-TN-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Perry, Scott [R-PA-4] 04/13/2015
Rep. Simpson, Michael K. [R-ID-2] 04/13/2015
Rep. Smith, Adrian [R-NE-3] 04/17/2015
Rep. Young, David [R-IA-3] 04/17/2015
Rep. Chabot, Steve [R-OH-1] 04/17/2015
Rep. Lawrence, Brenda L. [D-MI-14] 04/17/2015
Rep. Lamborn, Doug [R-CO-5] 04/17/2015
Rep. Fleischmann, Charles J. "Chuck" [R-TN-3] 04/23/2015
Rep. Byrne, Bradley [R-AL-1] 04/23/2015
Rep. Zinke, Ryan K. [R-MT-At Large] 04/30/2015
Rep. Graves, Sam [R-MO-6] 04/30/2015
Rep. Shimkus, John [R-IL-15] 04/30/2015
Rep. Amodei, Mark E. [R-NV-2] 04/30/2015
Rep. Thompson, Bennie G. [D-MS-2] 04/30/2015
Rep. Grothman, Glenn [R-WI-6] 04/30/2015
Rep. Rooney, Thomas J. [R-FL-17] 04/30/2015
Rep. Cleaver, Emanuel [D-MO-5] 05/12/2015
Rep. Messer, Luke [R-IN-6] 05/12/2015
Rep. Jones, Walter B., Jr. [R-NC-3] 05/12/2015
Rep. Rokita, Todd [R-IN-4] 05/12/2015
Rep. Guthrie, Brett [R-KY-2] 05/12/2015
Rep. Ribble, Reid J. [R-WI-8] 05/13/2015
Rep. Fincher, Stephen Lee [R-TN-8] 05/13/2015
Rep. Costa, Jim [D-CA-16] 05/13/2015
Rep. Poe, Ted [R-TX-2] 05/18/2015
Rep. Ross, Dennis A. [R-FL-15] 05/18/2015
Rep. Tiberi, Patrick J. [R-OH-12] 05/20/2015
Rep. MacArthur, Thomas [R-NJ-3] 06/01/2015
Rep. Wenstrup, Brad R. [R-OH-2] 06/01/2015
Rep. Johnson, Bill [R-OH-6] 06/01/2015
Rep. Collins, Doug [R-GA-9] 06/01/2015
Rep. Young, Todd C. [R-IN-9] 06/03/2015
Rep. Barr, Andy [R-KY-6] 06/03/2015
Rep. Carter, Earl L. "Buddy" [R-GA-1] 06/03/2015
Rep. Marino, Tom [R-PA-10] 06/03/2015
Rep. Holding, George [R-NC-13] 06/03/2015
Rep. Harris, Andy [R-MD-1] 06/03/2015
Rep. Knight, Stephen [R-CA-25] 06/04/2015
Rep. Renacci, James B. [R-OH-16] 06/04/2015
Rep. Westerman, Bruce [R-AR-4] 06/17/2015
Rep. Thompson, Glenn [R-PA-5] 06/17/2015
Rep. Dent, Charles W. [R-PA-15] 06/17/2015
Rep. Bridenstine, Jim [R-OK-1] 06/17/2015
Rep. Mulvaney, Mick [R-SC-5] 06/17/2015
Rep. Hartzler, Vicky [R-MO-4] 06/25/2015
Rep. Lujan Grisham, Michelle [D-NM-1] 06/25/2015
Rep. Norcross, Donald [D-NJ-1] 06/25/2015
Rep. Franks, Trent [R-AZ-8] 07/13/2015
Rep. Woodall, Rob [R-GA-7] 07/14/2015
Rep. Pittenger, Robert [R-NC-9] 07/14/2015
Rep. Abraham, Ralph Lee [R-LA-5] 07/14/2015
Rep. Stivers, Steve [R-OH-15] 07/15/2015
Rep. Jordan, Jim [R-OH-4] 07/15/2015
Rep. Buck, Ken [R-CO-4] 07/15/2015
Rep. Bucshon, Larry [R-IN-8] 07/15/2015
Rep. Peterson, Collin C. [D-MN-7] 07/15/2015
Rep. Conaway, K. Michael [R-TX-11] 07/15/2015
Rep. Crawford, Eric A. "Rick" [R-AR-1] 07/15/2015
Rep. Davis, Rodney [R-IL-13] 07/15/2015
Rep. Moolenaar, John R. [R-MI-4] 07/15/2015
Rep. Rouzer, David [R-NC-7] 07/15/2015
Rep. Bost, Mike [R-IL-12] 07/15/2015
Rep. Rogers, Mike D. [R-AL-3] 07/15/2015
Rep. Goodlatte, Bob [R-VA-6] 07/15/2015
Rep. Neugebauer, Randy [R-TX-19] 07/15/2015
Rep. Gibbs, Bob [R-OH-7] 07/15/2015
Rep. Emmer, Tom [R-MN-6] 07/15/2015
Rep. Lucas, Frank D. [R-OK-3] 07/15/2015
Rep. Kelly, Trent [R-MS-1] 07/15/2015
Rep. Benishek, Dan [R-MI-1] 07/15/2015
Rep. Scott, Austin [R-GA-8] 07/15/2015
Rep. LaMalfa, Doug [R-CA-1] 07/15/2015
Rep. Yoho, Ted S. [R-FL-3] 07/15/2015
Rep. Walorski, Jackie [R-IN-2] 07/15/2015
Rep. Allen, Rick W. [R-GA-12] 07/15/2015
Rep. Noem, Kristi L. [R-SD-At Large] 07/15/2015
Rep. Kinzinger, Adam [R-IL-16] 07/15/2015
Rep. Gosar, Paul A. [R-AZ-4] 07/16/2015
Rep. Hurt, Robert [R-VA-5] 07/16/2015
Rep. Brooks, Mo [R-AL-5] 07/16/2015
Rep. Stutzman, Marlin A. [R-IN-3] 07/16/2015
Rep. Schweikert, David [R-AZ-6] 07/16/2015
Rep. Shuster, Bill [R-PA-9] 07/16/2015
Rep. Denham, Jeff [R-CA-10] 07/16/2015
Rep. Miller, Candice S. [R-MI-10] 07/16/2015

Committees (3)

Committees, subcommittees and links to reports associated with this bill are listed here, as well as the nature and date of committee activity and Congressional report number.

Committee / Subcommittee Date Activity Reports
House Energy and Commerce03/25/2015 Referred to
House Energy and Commerce Subcommittee on Health03/27/2015 Referred to
House Agriculture03/25/2015 Referred to
07/14/2015 Markup by
07/21/2015 Reported by H. Rept. 114-208
H. Rept. 114-208
House Agriculture Subcommittee on Biotechnology, Horticulture, and Research04/08/2015 Referred to
Senate Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry07/24/2015 Referred to

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Subjects (11)

  • Administrative law and regulatory procedures
  • Agricultural practices and innovations
  • Business records
  • Department of Health and Human Services
  • Federal preemption
  • Food and Drug Administration (FDA)
  • Food supply, safety, and labeling
  • Fruit and vegetables
  • Genetics
  • Marketing and advertising

Latest Summary (3)

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Passed House amended (07/23/2015)

Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015

TITLE I--FOOD SAFETY AFFIRMATION FOR CERTAIN PLANT PRODUCTS

Subtitle A--Food and Drug Administration

(Sec. 101) This bill amends the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue the voluntary consultation process established under the FDA’s "Statement of Policy: Foods Derived from New Plant Varieties." In that process, the FDA evaluates a scientific and regulatory assessment provided by the developer of a food produced from, containing, or consisting of a plant that is a genetically engineered organism (GMO).

The FDA may require a GMO food to have a label that informs consumers of a material difference between the GMO food and a comparable food if the disclosure is necessary to protect public health and safety or to prevent the label from being false or misleading. The use of a GMO does not, by itself, constitute a material difference.

Subtitle B--Department of Agriculture

(Sec. 111) This bill amends the Plant Protection Act to allow the sale of a GMO food (including imported food and excluding plant pests) only if the FDA has determined through the consultation process that the GMO food is safe and lawful and that determination has been shared with the Department of Agriculture (USDA). The FDA and USDA must report on implementation of this process. A GMO plant may be sold for research, to produce a processing aid or enzyme, or as a nutrient source for microorganisms without meeting these requirements.

USDA must publish a list of GMO plants that can be sold as food and the determinations made by the FDA and USDA regarding those foods.

(Sec. 113) State and local requirements for GMO food are preempted by this Act.

TITLE II--GENETIC ENGINEERING CERTIFICATION

(Sec. 201) This bill amends the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 to require the Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) to establish a voluntary genetically engineered food certification program. This program must be implemented through certifying agents accredited by the AMS.

For a food to be sold as a product produced without genetic engineering (non-GMO), the food must be subject to supply chain process controls that keep the product separated from GMOs and must be produced and handled in compliance with a non-genetically engineered food plan, which is a description of procedures to ensure compliance, monitoring records, and corrective actions in the event of a deviation from the plan.

For food derived from livestock to be sold as non-GMO, the product, livestock, feed, and products used in processing the feed must be produced without GMOs.

A food’s label or advertising cannot suggest that non-GMO foods are safer or of higher quality than GMO foods.

For a food to be sold as a GMO food, it must be produced and handled in compliance with a genetically engineered food plan. A GMO food’s label or advertising cannot suggest that it is safer or of higher quality solely because it is GMO.

The AMS must allow a person to voluntarily disclose how a product has been genetically engineered.

Imported products may be labeled as produced with or without genetic engineering if the products have been produced and handled under a genetic engineering certification program that provides safeguards and guidelines at least equivalent to the AMS’s requirements.

(Sec. 203) State and local requirements for the labeling of GMO products are preempted unless the state or local government establishes a program that matches the programs described in this Act.

(Sec. 204) Claims made before enactment of this Act regarding whether a product was produced with or without genetic engineering may continue to be made for 36 months after enactment of this Act. After that period, the claims must meet the standards in this Act. Products from certified organic producers are deemed to be certified non-GMO.

TITLE III--NATURAL FOODS

(Sec. 302) The FDA must regulate the term “natural” on food labeling.

(Sec. 303) State and local requirements for the term “natural” are preempted by FDA regulations.