Senate agriculture committee leadership reach deal on GMO labeling

Just a week before a Vermont law kicks in requiring labels on food containing genetically modified ingredients, U.S. Senate agriculture leaders announced a deal that preempts states labeling laws — and sets a mandatory national system for GM disclosures on food products. Sen. Pat Roberts, (R-KS), the chairman of the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture, Nutrition, and Forestry, unveiled the plan that had been negotiated for weeks with U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow, (D-MI). The bill would mandate products with genetically engineered ingredients disclose that information on packaging in one of three ways: a label, a USDA-developed symbol or an electronic code consumers can scan. The bill also would use a narrow definition of genetic engineering that would exempt the newest biotech methods such as gene editing from the national disclosure standards.