(Washington, DC) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement from Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO, on President Obama’s signing of bipartisan national legislation on disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients.
“This legislation will open a new era for transparency in ingredient information for consumers, by requiring disclosure of genetically engineered ingredients for families in every state across the nation. Its consistent national standard is far better than a costly and confusing patchwork of different state labeling. The President’s signing of this legislation also stops, effective immediately, Vermont’s mandatory on-package labeling law that went into effect July 1 and already has left consumers in the state with fewer products on the shelves and higher compliance costs for small businesses.
“Food and beverage companies fully embrace the importance of making available to consumers the information they want about their products, and are already doing something about it. Our innovative SmartLabel™ technology initiative puts detailed information about thousands of products right at the fingertips of consumers – more information than could ever fit on a package. More than 2,000 products already are using SmartLabel™ and are listed on the SmartLabel.org website. We project that more than 34,000 products will be using SmartLabel™ by the end of 2017.
“GMA looks forward to working with the U.S. Department of Agriculture as it begins the rule making process to implement this legislation now that it has been signed into law.”
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry has facilities in 30,000 communities, generates $1 trillion in sales annually, contributes $415 billion in added value to the economy every year and is the single largest U.S. manufacturing industry with 1.7 million manufacturing workers. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.