Food labeling is needed to avoid potential risks

I was in California recently. While there, I visited a McDonald’s for a cup of coffee and a snack wrap. On my tray was a label that read, “WARNING: Chemicals known to cause cancer or birth defects or other reproductive harm may be present in foods or beverages sold or served here. Cooked potatoes that have been browned such as French fries, hash browns and baked potatoes, contain acrylamide, a chemical known to cause cancer. Other foods sold here, such as hamburger buns, biscuits and coffee also contain acrylamide.”

This is a warning to pregnant women and the rest of us. I understand that for most women who are pregnant it is important what they eat and what they don’t because what a pregnant woman eats goes into her bloodstream.

My question is simple: Don’t our legislators feel that information like this will enable pregnant women to be aware of potential risks? I do not want to wait to make this information public, it is important that we know now.

Russia, China, the European Union all have labeling. However, the freest country in the world is still debating this issue.

Chayne Marten