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The National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) and the U.S. Dairy Export Council (USDEC) today thanked a bipartisan group of 22 senators for urging the Obama administration to increase market access for U.S. dairy products into Canada and Japan as part of any final Pacific Rim trade agreement.

In a letter led by Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) to U.S. Trade Representative Michael Froman the senators asked that the U.S. secure significant market access benefits across all dairy products, particularly into Japan and Canada, in ongoing Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) negotiations.  In addition to underscoring the critical importance of achieving these export gains, the letter also pointed to the need to avoid an imbalanced outcome that grants more access to our competitors than the U.S. gains into Canada and Japan.

The National Milk Producers Federation today thanked the House of Representatives for passing legislation establishing a voluntary, national standard for labeling foods with genetically modified ingredients.

NMPF said the House bill, known as the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act, protects consumer choice while it creates a uniform, science-based labeling standard for foods made with GM ingredients. The organization pledged to work with the Senate to pass a similar bill to ensure that the final legislation meets the needs of America’s dairy farmers.


Jim Mulhern
NMPF President


For most of the past 20 years that genetically modified crops have been cultivated in the U.S., their use has progressed with all the excitement of watching corn grow.  In recent years, however, the verdant presence of bioengineered crops has drawn fear-mongering and undeserved scrutiny across the food chain.  The pressure has fueled efforts in some states to force GMO cultivation bans, or mandatory food labels that threaten farming practices which are demonstrably beneficial to the environment and to society.

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