Another Major Food Company Announces Nationwide GMO Labeling

Spring may have only just begun, but the food industry has summer on the mind. In July, Vermont’s mandatory GMO labeling law will go into effect, and with a federal legislative solution looking less likely, companies are trying to figure out how to respond to the new standards. Increasingly, it looks like many in the industry may opt to label GMOs nationwide.

The candy company Mars is following General Mills’ and Campbell’s actions as the new standards loom. “Mars is introducing clear, on-pack labeling on our products that contain GM ingredients nationwide,” ahead of the Vermont regulations kicking in on July 1, the company wrote in a blog post published on its website Friday. In February, the company announced that it would remove artificial colors from its products, including brightly hued M&Ms.

“We are confident that by labeling genetically engineered ingredients, Mars, General Mills, Campbell’s and other companies will maintain the trust of Americans who want the right to know whether their food contains GMOs,” Scott Faber, senior vice president of government affairs with the Environmental Working Group, said in a statement. “As more companies take this step, we hope Congress will see the benefit of crafting a national GMO labeling solution that works for both industry and consumers.”

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