Update #47 ·

Sorry, Big Food. GMO Labeling Laws Are Legal

The food industry is playing every conceivable angle in its quest to keep labels off foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs)— including, according to a leaked document, threatening to sue the first state that passes a GMO labeling law. (Maine and Connecticut passed GMO labeling laws in 2013. But both have “trigger” clauses that prevent the laws from taking effect until at least four neighboring states, with a combined population of 20 million inhabitants, pass similar labeling bills). 

The OCA has obtained the Grocery Manufacturers Association’s (GMA) “One-Pager” of talking points about GMOs and labeling. The document is intended for use by food industry lobbyists whose job it is to convince state lawmakers to reject GMO labeling bills in their states.

The talking points include the usual misinformation about GMO safety testing and the so-called benefits of GMOs. But they also include claims that GMO labeling laws are unconstitutional—claims that legal experts say are baseless.

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