Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Is a National GMO Law the Best for Consumers | Refresh

Is a National GMO Law the Best for Consumers | Refresh

Efforts requiring manufacturers to label products made with genetically-engineered ingredients failed in California and, more recently, New Mexico. But the push for transparency lives on in other states, namely Washington, where a ballot question has been proposed, once again pitting consumer activists against big CPG companies and retailers.
With such scenes playing out with more regularity, even opponents to GMO labeling have realized that this state-by-state (or, even worse, city-by-city) fight is going to be long, messy and expensive. It was no surprise when we recently read that nearly two dozen major food companies met with the Food and Drug Administration and the leaders of the labeling campaign to discuss a compromise on Jan. 11.

The conclave sets up the next move, which is federal legislation, and that will happen this week in Colorado, when U.S. Rep. Jared Polis (D-Boulder) announces the introduction of a bill that would require food containing genetically modified organisms to be clearly identified in all 50 states.

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