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ASBC Reacts to GMO Labeling Compromise Moving Through Congress

The Roberts-Stabenow compromise currently moving through Congress represents a step in the right direction, but falls short of what businesses across the country want to see.

We are pleased that the compromise includes a requirement for all food manufacturers to disclose GM ingredients in their products. The requirement will cover more products than Vermont’s bill does. This will help improve consumer confidence in our food system, which in turn, will be good for businesses.

However, we are disappointed that the bill allows companies to use gimmicks like QR codes and websites to label their products. Business owners are harmed by a lack of a required on-package label because manufacturers who do provide a customer-friendly label may be unfairly able to hide their product contents behind QR codes. 

ASBC calls on the U.S. House of Representatives to amend the bill so that the only acceptable labeling method is to put an on-package label on every product.

Source Author: 
Graham Willard
Source Publication Date: 
July 9, 2016