Shift to National Uniformity in GMO-Food Labeling
The federal government now has passed legislation on the topic of food labeling laws concerning genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and in doing so, has stripped away concerns over state-by-state labeling laws. This summer, President Obama signed legislation passed by Congress that will require foods that contain GMOs to be labeled in a certain way. Such packages will have to show one of three things: a text label, a symbol, or an electronic code readable via smartphone indicating whether GMOs exist in the food.
This new law is a step towards consistency with GMO-food labeling across the country. States now can no longer set their own rules, despite previous developments of stricter labeling standards at the state level. But much is still up in the air regarding details and labeling schemes. Stay tuned as the GMO-food labeling focus shifts to the national spotlight.