GMO Labeling Could become Mandatory Nationwide

The Vermont law that requires labeling on foods that contain genetically modified ingredients would have come into effect from next week. Prior to that date, on Thursday, the U.S. Senate agriculture leaders a deal which puts that power from states' control to a national system which makes it mandatory for GM food products to be disclosed nationwide.

The plan was unveiled by Senator Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, who is the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry. The plan was being negotiated for long with U.S. Senator. Debbie Stabenow, D-Michigan.

As per the plan, all food companies require disclosing the products that contain GM ingredients. However, the food companies have various options how they want to inform their customers, disclosing the facts. The companies could put it as simple text on packages, provide a Quick Response code or could also provide the consumers with a phone number or a could guide them to a website that will offer more information.

Though it could be a winning situation for the customers but the American Farm Bureau Federation which is seeking for a voluntary GMO labeling standard announced that they oppose the GMO labeling bill.