SupplySide West Podcast 6: Controversies With the New GMO Labeling Law

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a controversial topic, and a recent federal law reignited the issue as well as surfaced heated debates around states' rights, the digital divide between rich and poor, and consumer understanding of the organic label. Products sold in the United States that contain GMOs will be required to disclose those ingredients to consumers per the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 29, 2016. This law gives USDA two years to create a set of rules that brands must follow to disclose GMO content.  

Genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are a controversial topic, and a recent federal law reignited the issue as well as surfaced heated debates around states’ rights, the digital divide between rich and poor, and consumer understanding of the organic label.

Products sold in the United States that contain GMOs will be required to disclose those ingredients to consumers per the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama on July 29, 2016. This law gives USDA two years to create a set of rules that brands must follow to disclose GMO content.

In this episode, Loren Israelsen, president, United Natural Products Alliance (UNPA), and Jon Benninger, vice president, Health & Nutrition Network, Informa Exhibitions, discuss:

  • The new law’s overruling of Vermont’s GMO labelling law, how that affects food industry and why that upsets some consumers.
  • The confusion on which products will be required to carry the GMO labeling and which enforcement agency will cover different product types.
  • The debate over if the new standard—which allows a company to disclose GMOs with a QR Code, a link or a phone number—is biased toward consumers who have access to smart technology.

Israelsen will be offering more insight on GMO labeling and consumer expectations at the panel discussion GMOs: Today’s Challenges, Tomorrow’s Opportunities on Thursday, Oct. 6, at 2 p.m. at SupplySide West 2016. Visit supplysideshow.com for more information and get registered. This session is underwritten by BASF, the official education sponsor of SupplySide West.

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Got feedback? Email Benninger at [email protected], or tweet to @NatProdINSIDER using the hashtag #INSIDERPodcast.

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