BIO Letter opposing Alaska House Bill 433 and Senate Bill 281

The Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) opposes mandatory, generalized labeling requirements for biotech foods like those proposed in House Bill 433. "An Act relating to labeling and identification of genetically modified fish and fish products." However, we strongly support the existing federal requirements for accurate and informative food labels, which communicate information that is relevant to health, safety and nutrition.

House Bill 433 would require mandatory labeling of biotech fish and fish products developed using biotechnology. This is unnecessary and misleading legislation ignores existing science-based federal guidelines on labeling of biotechnology-derived foods. In addition, it would be costly to implement, and would not provide consumers with any beneficial information.