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Prop 37

At the heart of Californian GMO labeling initiative Proposition 37 - which was narrowly defeated on Nov 6th 2012 (47% in favor; 53% against) - is a requirement for companies to disclose if foods sold in California are “genetically engineered” (for raw agricultural commodities) or “may have been entirely or partially produced with genetic engineering” (for processed foods and supplements).

While supporters claimed that consumers have a right to know what is in their food, opponents argued it was a 'deeply flawed' initiative that would prompt a tidal wave of frivolous lawsuits and raise grocery bills without providing any health or safety benefits. Keep up to date with the latest developments in this new section of FoodNavigator-USA.com.

Non-GMO not necessarily organic, and other GMO myths busted: OTA

With all the attention GMOs have received in recent months—good and bad—confusion in the marketplace has inevitably followed, as consumers scramble to make sense of the pro- and anti-camps’ arguments...

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CA senator introduces GE labeling bill SB 1381: ‘A simpler, cleaner version of Prop 37’

California state senator Noreen Evans (D – Santa Rosa) has introduced a new GMO labeling bill claimed to be a “simpler, cleaner version of Prop 37’.

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GMO labeling: GMA to establish Washington State political committee in wake of lawsuit over ‘No to I-522’ campaign funding

UPDATED: The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) says it will file paperwork with the Washington State Public Disclosure Commission (PDC) establishing a political committee and will disclose the source of all...

GMO debate gets ugly as General Mills takes flak from GMO Inside and GMA is sued by Washington State attorney general

In new developments in the highly charged debate over GMOs, General Mills has been targeted in a report blasted by a plant geneticist as “a collection of discredited studies and...

Shareholder advocates to big food: Stay out of GMO labeling debate

With roughly a month to go until voters in Washington State decide whether GMO foods should be labeled, shareholder advocates are calling on the top 10 donors who helped fund...

OCA to Warren-Udall: Voluntary GMO labeling helps biotech industry, not consumers

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) announced that it opposes federally mandated voluntary GMO labeling in favor of states’ rights to enforce mandatory GMO labeling, arguing that voluntary labeling could end...

GMO labels won’t affect supermarket prices, study says

Requiring food manufacturers to label products containing ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops would not mean higher food prices for shoppers, according to an independent study released yesterday by the...

Sen. Warren to FDA: Standardize GMO labeling

Eleven years after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration first issued draft guidance on labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs), Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and Mark Udall (D-CO) are urging the...

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David-and-Goliath battle over GMO labeling heats up in Washington State

The Evergreen state is poised for a big-spending battle over whether foods containing ingredients from GE crops must carry a special label.

ACTION WILL REIGNITE ROW OVER WHETHER FDA SHOULD BETTER DEFINE 'NATURAL'

PepsiCo brand Naked Juice cuts ‘all natural’ claim after $9m US payout

PepsiCo brand Naked Juice will stop using ‘all natural’ to describe its products due to lack of detailed regulatory guidance around the word ‘natural’, after agreeing to settle a class...

Big interview: Dr Roger Beachy, CEO, Global Institute for Food Security

GMO pioneer: I got into biotech because I wanted to reduce the use of chemical pesticides

One of the founding fathers of agricultural biotechnology, best-known for his pioneering research on virus-resistant plants, Dr Roger Beachy caught up with FoodNavigator-USA to give us his perspective on the...

Big interview, Gregory Jaffe, Director of Biotechnology, CSPI

CSPI: There are legitimate concerns about GMOs, but not around food safety, and labeling would be misleading

The Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) has made a name for itself by tackling the food industry’s big guns on everything from artery-furring entrees to misleading label...

AquaBounty CEO: We continue to battle to communicate the reality of our product… Sen Murkowski should know better

The beleaguered boss of AquaBounty Technologies says Sen Lisa Murkowski's attempts to force mandatory labeling of his firm's genetically engineered (GE) salmon are "another setback" in what has been a "dreadful experience",...

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Chipotle labels GMOs on its website - says half products contain 'unavoidable GM ingredients' from corn or soy

Chipotle has started adding a red ‘G’ for GMOs next to foods on its online menu that are made using ingredients that may come from genetically modified crops such as...

Judge: ‘There is a gaping hole in the current regulatory landscape for ‘natural’ claims and GMOs’

A federal judge handling a lawsuit filed in California over ‘all-natural’ claims on Mission tortilla chips has recommended that the case be put on hold for six months to give...

Maple Leaf Foods CEO: ‘A global food strategy must meet the needs of the many, not just the affluent few’

Blanket opposition to genetically modified crops is “a morally unacceptable position to take on the basis of unsubstantiated suspicions and fears”, according to the boss of Toronto-based firm Maple Leaf...

IFIC Food & Health survey 2013: What consumers really think about GMOs, calories, fructose, probiotics, and losing weight

While polls suggest most Americans are in favor of labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs), the percentage that spontaneously mention GMOs when asked an unaided question about what additional information they...

Connecticut State Senate passes GMO labeling legislation

The legislative pressure on mandatory GMO labeling continues to build, at least on the state front, as the Connecticut State Senate voted 35-1 in favor of SB 802, a bill...

Former FDA official on GMO labeling: ‘Science doesn’t always win’

Whether the food industry likes it or not, when it comes to GMO labeling, the “train appears to have left the station”, according to former FDA associate commissioner of foods...

Vermont House of Representatives gives green light to GMO labeling bill

The Vermont House of Representatives has passed H.112, a bill requiring the labeling of all genetically engineered (GE) food sold in Vermont. However, there are plenty of hurdles ahead.

DSM and Monsanto to commercialize soybean oil rich in omega-3 SDA. But will anti-GMO sentiment hinder its progress?

Monsanto has joined forces with DSM to commercialize a genetically engineered soybean oil rich in the omega-3 fatty acid SDA (stearidonic acid) that can offer a more cost-effective means of...

NFC launches alternative to Non-GMO Project verified seal called GMO Guard

Natural Food Certifiers (NFC) is offering an alternative to the non-GMO Project verified seal with the launch of a new product verification program called GMO Guard. 

AquaBounty GE Salmon CEO: ‘The atmosphere is getting very poisonous, but all we can do is present the facts’

AquaBounty Technologies says it remains confident that there will still be a market for its genetically engineered (GE) AquAdvantage salmon if the FDA approves it, even though some leading food retailers now...

NPA calls for national GMO labeling standard as state-level initiatives proliferate

The Natural Products Association (NPA) has called for all foods containing GMOs to be “accurately labeled under a national uniform standard so consumers can make educated decisions about foods they...

Whole Foods Market commits to GMO labeling in all US and Canadian stores by 2018

As moves to secure GMO labeling continue to gain momentum at a state level, Whole Foods Market has “put a stake in the ground” and made a commitment to label...

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