March 30, 2020

Accurate Labels Act Introduced in House

Accurate Labels Act Introduced in House

Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Kurt Schrader (D-OR) introduced the Accurate Labels Act into the House. H.R. 6044 amends the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act and provides clear, accurate, and meaningful nutrition information to consumers. This legislation would prevent companies from displaying inaccurate and misleading labels that increase prices. The Fair Packaging and Labeling Act was passed by Congress in 1966 to ensure customers are receiving accurate information from the products they purchase, and the Accurate Labels Act would require that Federal and State mandated information declarations and labeling requirements.

“Consumers deserve full transparency on the products they’re buying, no matter where they live or shop. Often, due to various state laws, items are incorrectly labeled with warnings about harms that do not exist. This inaccuracy creates confusion and fear for the consumers, desensitizes the public from heeding serious warnings on health risks, and imposes unnecessary and costly regulatory burdens for producers,” said Congressman Kinzinger in a press release. “Today, I’m proud to introduce bipartisan legislation with my colleague, Rep. Schrader, as we work to establish science-based criteria for labeling requirements, while still ensuring that legitimate risks are taken seriously. The Accurate Labels Act is a commonsense measure to guarantee clear and accurate product labels for consumers.”

The Accurate Labels Act ensures consumers have access to product information through establishing science-based criteria for all additional state and local labeling requirements; allowing state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites, where consumers can find up-to-date, relevant ingredients and warnings; and ensuring that covered product information is risk-based.

“American consumers are demanding more information about the safety of the products that they purchase for their families,” said Congressman Schrader in a press release. “That’s why I’m proud to join my colleague Rep. Kinzinger (R-IL) in introducing bipartisan legislation to establish science-based criteria for labeling requirements to ensure that consumers are given accurate information about the products that they use every day. We want to make sure our constituents have confidence in the information they are receiving so they are able to make informed decisions about the products that they use.”

The Accurate Labels Act is supported by the Coalition for Accurate Product Labels, which is co-chaired by the American Chemistry Council and National Council of Farmers Cooperatives, and includes the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, National Milk Producers Federation, National Pork Producers Council, and the Animal Health Institute, among others.