Tag archives: GMO

Senate agriculture committee reaches deal on national GMO labeling bill

On June 23, 2016, the Senate Agriculture Committee agreed to a bipartisan deal that would set a national standard for GMO labeling. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard would amend The Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 by setting forth mandatory disclosure requirements for GMO food products, while providing a variety of options to the industry … Continue reading

Senate blocks anti-GMO labeling bill

On March 16, 2016, the U.S. Senate voted 48-49 against invoking cloture to cut off a filibuster on the Biotechnology Labeling Solutions Act.  The bill would have established a federal standard of voluntary labeling and preempted any mandatory GMO labeling state laws.  In July 2015, a similar bill called the  Safe and Accurate Food Labeling … Continue reading

The debate over the appropriate use of ‘natural’ in food labelling continues…

Food labelling has long been a vexed question in many countries for governments, consumers, food producers and retailers alike. In Australia, the regulation of food labelling was substantially overhauled by the Food Standards Australia New Zealand (FSANZ) Code in 2013, with the 3 year phase in period for these changes recently ending. The difficulty that … Continue reading

The Genetically Modified Organisms debate continues: U.S. Senate Committee considers anti-GMO-labeling legislation

On October 21, 2015, the U.S. Senate Committee on Agriculture Nutrition & Forestry held a hearing on the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered crops. The hearing specifically focused on an anti-GMO labeling bill that the U.S. House of Representatives passed  in July and that is now pending in the Senate. The legislation, entitled the Safe … Continue reading

House approves anti-GMO labeling bill

On Thursday afternoon, the U.S. House of Representatives passed H.R. 1599 which, if enacted into law, would prohibit state and local governments from mandating the labeling of foods made with genetically engineered crops. Significantly, the law would invalidate GMO labeling laws that have already been enacted, although are not yet in effect, in Vermont, Connecticut, … Continue reading