Senate Backs Bill to Label GMO Foods

by  |  published on July 8, 2016

Food packages nationwide would for the first time be required to carry labels listing genetically modified ingredients under legislation the Senate backed this week.

The vote was 63-30 for the bipartisan measure, which would compel foods that include genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone. Advocates for labeling and the food industry, which has fought mandatory labeling, have wanted to find a national solution to avoid a state-by-state patchwork of laws.

The food industry supports the Senate bill, but many labeling proponents do not. Critics say the labels should be easily readable by consumers without smartphones, and have complained that the measure lacks penalties for companies that don’t comply.

“It is time for us to provide certainty in the marketplace,” said Sen. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., chairman of the Agriculture Committee, who brokered the compromise bill with the panel’s top Democrat, Michigan Sen. Debbie Stabenow.

The measure now heads to the House, where its fate is less certain. That chamber has voted to make labeling voluntary.

  • CharlieSeattle

    ………Be Very Aware!!

    GMO crops are needed ONLY to withstand the toxic herbicides that control weeds that are now immune to the previous weaker herbicides.

    And most of the TOXIC SHYT will not wash off the vegetables either!

    You and your children are going to eat it!

    • Born in the South and proud

      Amen and that is why most if not all GMO foods are banned in Europe. Good ole USA FDA sees no problem at all. I dam sure don’t like the idea of eating roundup.

    • John Hicks

      Absolute STUPIDITY

      • CharlieSeattle

        Given that it is a fact, that makes you a damned fool.

  • justinwachin

    GMO foods should be labeled. Consumers have a right to know what is in the foods they eat. Many people may not care, but this will allow those who are concerned about GMOs to avoid them.

  • Ken says

    This is step #1 in getting the GMO problem under control and out of our food chain – Europe, China and India will deal with Monsanto – we will just kick them in the balls to get their attention – does anyone realize the most industrialized Countries have banned Monsanto and their GMO stuff called food.

  • Worried Vet

    I don’t see much good coming along with this. The facts are there isn’t much choice to begin with, most foods are gmos in some form. The stores with a very limited choice is very expensive so they leave poor people out. I know my wife and I can’t afford to buy organically grown foods let alone non GMO foods. Monsanto has stopped us from buying non gmo seeds and foods. Until Congress passes something to get rid of the Monsanto monopoly this bill is a waste of time and money. This is our Congress normal operating procedure, ignoring what the real problems are. Just shooting from the hip because of some complaint or lobbyists don’t work. Never has never will, maybe we can elect people who don’t operate this way and can really make a difference instead of putting a band aid on an major bleeder.

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  • Blue 3

    That won’t change anything. Cigarette companies were told to stop using the term lights in their packaging years ago. I think Camel was the only one that complied.

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