March 23, 2016

ConAgra to add GMO labeling

ConAgra Foods announced it will begin adding labels nationwide to products with genetically modified organisms (GMO) by July to meet Vermont’s GMO labeling requirements. The Vermont law, which goes into effect July 1, makes GMO labeling mandatory.

ConAgra said it will add GMO labels to products by July. Photo: ConAgra Foods
ConAgra said it will add GMO labels to products by July. Photo: ConAgra Foods

ConAgra issued a statement on its decision to add GMO labeling:

“We stand behind the health and safety of all of our products, including those with genetically modified ingredients, and believe consumers should be informed as to what’s in their food. But addressing state-by-state labeling requirements adds significant complications and costs for food companies. With a multitude of other states currently considering different GMO labeling requirements, the need for a national, uniform approach in this area is as critical as ever. That’s why we continue to urge Congress to pass a national solution as quickly as possible.”

A national voluntary labeling bill was introduced in the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee by Sen. Pat Roberts, chairman of the committee. In a 48-49 vote on March 16, the measure failed to gather the votes needed to continue further in the Senate.


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