Campbell Supports Federal GMO Labelling Legislation In US
Campbell Soup Company has announced its support for federal legislation establishing a single mandatory labelling standard for foods containing GMOs in the United States.
In a statement Campbell said it believes the federal government needs to provide a national standard for labelling requirements to better inform consumers about the issue of genetically modified organisms in food.
Campbell’s President and CEO Denise Morrison commented, “We have always believed that consumers have the right to know what’s in their food. GMO has evolved to be a top consumer food issue reaching a critical mass of 92 per cent of consumers in favour of putting it on the label."
The company added that it opposes ‘a patchwork of state-by-state labelling laws, which it believes are incomplete, impractical and create unnecessary confusion for consumers.’
As part of its decision support mandatory national GMO labelling, Campbell confirmed it would withdraw from all efforts led by groups and coalitions that oppose it.
However, it also clarified that it recognises that GMOs are not dangerous, with Morrison noting, “The overwhelming weight of scientific evidence indicates that GMOs are safe and that foods derived from crops using genetically modified seeds are not nutritionally different from other foods.”
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