WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) released the following statement after voting against S. 2609 – dubbed the “Denying Americans the Right to Know” (DARK) Act – that would preempt states from mandating labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMO):

“As a parent to two growing boys, I want to know what’s in the food I put on my kids’ plates. I voted against the DARK Act today because it is a bad deal for consumers who have the right to know what is in the food they're eating. As a cosponsor of the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, I will continue fighting to give a voice to the majority of people in Connecticut who want mandatory GMO labeling and accurate information about their food.”

Murphy is an original cosponsor of the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, a bill that provides a common-sense approach to GMO labeling while ensuring consumers that the food they purchase will have clear and accessible GMO labels. Earlier this year, Murphy applauded Campbell Soup, the parent company of Connecticut’s Pepperidge Farm, after the company announced its support for mandatory national labeling of food products containing genetically modified ingredients.