In what seemed like a rapid succession of events, President Obama recently signed bill S. 764 into law, which will require food companies to disclose genetically modified ingredients on product packaging. It gives the USDA two years to write and release detailed labeling rules.
Introduced by Sens. Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Debbie Stabenow (D-MI), the bill at its surface appears to be the nationally required labeling bill natural food advocates have been pining for. But there’s a hitch: brands would be permitted to disclose GMO ingredients via a smartphone-enabled QR code, website or phone number. Clear, on-pack labeling would still remain voluntary.
We’ve discussed the downsides of this tactic on newhope.com. But several groups in the food industry—both natural and conventional—have responded to this fledgling law.
Here’s how seven associations, nonprofits, organizations and more feel about the new GMO labeling law.