Obama Signs National Food Labeling Bill


President Obama signed into law last week a bill which will require labeling of genetically modified ingredients.  This legislation was supported by OMA’s food manufacturing members who wanted a national labeling standard as opposed to a state by state patchwork of laws with which to comply. The legislation passed by Congress two weeks ago will require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone that indicates whether the food contains genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. The U.S. Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules, which will nullify a Vermont law that took effect earlier this summer.