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For a variety of reasons, EWG does not support the Roberts-Stabenow legislation . . .
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While the Roberts-Stabenow bill imposes a federal mandate to label genetically engineered food, it lacks many elements of the national GMO labeling system that EWG has fought for at the state and federal levels. . . .
In particular, the USDA may define – potentially too narrowly – the types of biotechnologies that will be subject to the labeling requirement. The USDA will also establish the threshold amount of GMO-derived ingredients that will mandate labeling. The department is also given discretion to determine how to hold companies accountable if they fail to label.
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At the same time, senators eliminated many of the worst features food and agriculture interests sought for the legislation. . . .GMO labeling will be mandatory. . . QR codes will only have to appear on GMO foods. . . Once a consumer scans the code, the GMO disclosure must be prominent on the first product information page.
. . . [T]he bill also contains important protections for organic food and farming. . . .
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