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ConAgra Foods and Kellogg’s Join Growing Number of Companies Voluntarily Labeling GMOs

Published on March 29, 2016 by   ·   No Comments

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Derrick Broze

Food giants ConAgra Foods and Kellogg’s have announced that they will begin voluntarily labeling their products which contain Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

ConAgra and Kellogg’s will soon begin labeling their food products which contain Genetically Modified or Engineered Organisms. The announcement comes in response to Vermont’s recently passed GMO labeling law, which goes into effect in July 2016. In a statement provided to Agri-Pulse, Kellogg North America President Paul Norman said some of the company’s products would be labeled “Produced with Genetic Engineering” as soon as mid-April. Norman said the labels will appear nationwide “because a special label for Vermont would be costly for us and our consumers.”

“We stand behind the health and safety of all of our products, including those with genetically modified ingredients, and believe consumers should be informed as to what’s in their food,” ConAgra Foods said in a statement. ConAgra agreed with Kellogg, stating that state-by-state labels would be costly and complicated. The company also called on Congress to pass a “national solution  as quickly as possible.”

The announcement comes on the heels of a similar decision from Mars Incorporated, the company that owns many popular chocolate candy brands. The company will label its products nationwide, including M&M’s, SNICKERS, Dove, Galaxy, Mars, Milky Way, TWIX, 3 MUSKETEERS and more.  A week before, General Mills’ announced that it would voluntarily label products containing genetically-modified or engineered ingredients.

Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President for General Mills’ U.S. Retail, Jeff Harmeningsaid the company could not exclusively label their products in Vermont without driving up the cost for consumers. Harmening also said GM was disappointed that a national solution has not been reached.

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