Food industry groups say they’ll label GMOs — on their own terms

| | February 7, 2014
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Even though the food industry has won mandatory labeling battles in 2012 and 2013, it’s not exactly eager to rehash them elsewhere. So now the  Grocery Manufacturers Association — along with a new coalition  of 28 groups representing farmers, seed companies and other food producers who rely heavily on GMO ingredients — is changing its tune a bit.

In an open acknowledgement that many consumers are annoyed that GMO ingredients aren’t labeled, a coalition announced Thursday that it supports labeling — sort of.

“The [Food and Drug Association] up to now has said that GMOs are safe, but we also recognize that some consumers want more information and companies might want to include GMO information, so we are asking the FDA to outline labeling standards companies can use voluntarily,” Pamela Bailey , president and CEO of the Grocery Manufacturers Association, told reporters in a teleconference Thursday.

The move represents the industry’s attempt to try to pre-empt any future state ballot initiatives, which could turn as messy and costly as what played out in California and Washington. And the coalition admitted as much.

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