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NPC Supports National Product Labeling Standard

Applauds introduction of bills to ensure science-based criteria in product labeling requirements

Published online: Jun 13, 2018 Articles
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The National Potato Council (NPC) joined more than 60 organizations representing farmers, manufacturers, small businesses and retailers in supporting the Accurate Labels Act, introduced June 7 by Senator Jerry Moran (R-Kan.) and Representatives Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) and Kurt Schrader (D-Ore.).

“The potato industry strongly supports this common-sense legislation,” says John Keeling, the NPC’s executive vice president and CEO. “Consumers should be provided with information they can trust about the products they purchase. Verifiable science-based information should be the foundation of these disclosures.”

The legislation will amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to:

  • Ensure consumers have access to clear, accurate and meaningful product labels;
  • Establish science-based criteria for all state and local labeling requirements that exceed current federal standards;
  • Allow state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites;
  • Ensure that covered product information is risk-based; and
  • Will maintain current federal laws related to allergens, nutrition facts and medicines.

The NPC is a member of the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels, which advocates for meaningful, science-based information about the products consumers buy and use.