The food labeling industry has continued to discuss whether genetically modified goods should have labeling requirements. A few states have had bills proposed but none so far have passed; while some manufacturers are marketing all natural products to drive sales others are arguing that there are no health concerns with genetically modified goods.
The issue is, how do we implement these GMO identification onto products; if one state requires them but another does not then that complicates the labeling process on the product line. This would place a huge strain on manufacturers and increase costs of production that would have to be passed on to the consumer.
A new proposal has been presented and is gaining momentum; Congressmen Mike Pompeo (R) Kansas has introduced the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act. This proposal would allow companies to voluntarily label their non-GMO products.
From a customer standpoint this is a positive move as consumers relying on a non-GMO diet will now be provided information on that product identification. For manufacturers this will require a strict procedure on identifying what ingredients are going into their products to ensure proper labeling. As this bill is still in the proposal stage we will keep you updated with important information. If you have questions on product labeling and solutions to the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act please contact Pragmatyxs.