Taking Sides: Mandatory GMO labeling

Taking Sides: Mandatory GMO labeling

Q:  Would mandatory disclosure of GM ingredients be positive for the industry? About 70% of processed foods contain at least one ingredient derived from genetically modified crops, according to reports.  Whether these foods should be labeled as such is the source of growing debate. Voters in California and Washington state voted  down measures to mandate GMO disclosure. But state legislatures in Connecticut and Maine passed labeling laws  that won’t take effect until other states take the lead. Next up is an Oregon ballot initiative this November.

Louis Finkel, EVP, government affairs, Grocery Manufacturers Association

Health, safety and nutrition — these are the cornerstones of our nation’s food labeling laws, providing consumers with the information they need to make choices about the products they purchase. A special mandatory label for products containing ingredients produced through modern biotechnology is in clear conflict with these tenants. It would suggest that these foods are somehow diff

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