GMO labeling bill approved by Congress and signed by President Obama
July 28, 2016
After months of back and forth negotiations, Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts (R-KS) and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) finally reached an agreement on a GMO labeling bill. The compromise bill requires products with genetically engineered ingredients to disclose that information on packaging in one of three ways: a label, a USDA-developed symbol or an electronic code consumers can scan. Perhaps most importantly, the bill would preempt state labeling laws, such as Vermont’s, and provide a unified labeling standard across the U.S. Before leaving for summer recess, the House also approved the bill, sending it to the President for his signature.