Faced with a terribly written mandatory label law in Vermont which went into effect on July 1, and several similar but unique laws possibly being implemented next year, food interests from growers to processors to consumer groups came together to support the Roberts – Stabenow compromise bill.
The bill requires disclosure of food products which contain bioengineered (GMO) ingredients within 3 years of enactment. The disclosure can be accomplished with language on the package, a QR code which lists ingredient information, or a phone number consumers can call for the details.
The bill would not label beef, chicken, pork, and other meat who were raised on bioengineered feed. It would also not require labeling of food whose main ingredient is water and second ingredient would be exempt from labeling, such as meat.