On March 3rd, U.S. Congressmen Adam Kinzinger (R‑IL) and Kurt Schrader (D‑OR) introduced H.R. 6044, the Accurate Labels Act, to improve the quality and availability of information for consumers.
H.R. 6044 intends to amend the Fair Packaging and Labeling Act to:
- Establish science-based criteria for all additional state labeling requirements. States should be required to “show their work” by documenting the science behind their proposed labeling mandates
- Allow state-mandated product information to be provided through smartphone-enabled “smart labels” and on websites
- Clarify that trace amounts of substances do not have to be listed as ingredient
- In many cases, minute amounts of substances are present unintentionally due to packaging, transport or display.
These changes to federal law will ensure that consumers continue to benefit from the nutritional and allergy information on packaging today, while guaranteeing that any additional product information required by states or localities is clear, accurate, meaningful and science-based.