Senate Ag. Committee agrees on GMO labeling bill that would pre-empt VT law

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A landmark Senate agreement on national disclosure standards for genetically engineered foods would allow companies to disclose GMO ingredients through digital codes rather than on-package language or symbols.

The agreement, reached between Senate Agriculture Chairman Pat Roberts. . . and ranking Democrat Debbie Stabenow of Michigan, 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.

The Organic Trade Association has also applauded the bill saying it “would for the first time require mandatory GMO labeling nationwide.

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“This legislation includes provisions that are excellent for organic farmers and food makers — and for the millions of consumers who choose organic every day — because they recognize, unequivocally, that USDA Certified Organic products qualify for non-GMO claims in the market place,” OTA said.

The legislation, which will need 60 votes to pass the Senate…

Under the legislation, most food companies would have the option of disclosing GMO ingredients through either a digital, smartphone code. . . or through an on-package symbol or language that the Agriculture Department would approve. . . .

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