Cotton has introduced a measure that would require that food products containing GMOs be labeled as such, according to The Hill.
Cotton introduced the bill last week, which also requires that products that are manufactured using genetic engineering be labeled.
Coburn said in a statement that he supports the Food for Life Act because “food safety is paramount to the safety of Americans, and food is essential to the health and wellbeing of our families and our communities.”
The senator said that his legislation would provide an “unprecedented” measure that “requires labeling of foods, beverages, foods and other food products that have genetically modified ingredients.”
“This is about saving our families the cost of potentially costly tests and tests that could lead to serious health problems and death, and ensuring that consumers are informed about the dangers of these dangerous GMOs,” he said.
“This legislation is the first step in establishing the Food Safety Modernization Act, which will protect the public from the potential health risks of genetically engineered foods, and ensure the safety and efficacy of our food supply.”
The bill is co-sponsored by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.