In late June, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., announced they reached a compromise on legislation for a mandatory national labeling scheme for products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO).
The measure would require food companies to label products that contain GMO ingredients, giving them three options for making that disclosure: on-package labels, a USDA-developed symbol or a QR (Quick Response) code consumers could scan with smart phones, providing a phone number or website for more information. The bill would pre-empt a patchwork of state labeling laws, including Vermont’s, which took effect July 1. The Agriculture Committee may consider the legislation when the Senate returns from its Independence Day recess. If the bill passes the Senate, it still would need to be approved by the House, which last July passed a bill establishing a voluntary labeling system.… Continue readingRead More »