Meat Exempted in Senate GMO Label Compromise
July 1, 2016

A bipartisan compromise reached Thursday in the U.S. Senate on labeling of genetically modified organisms exempts foods in which meat and poultry are the main ingredients from mandatory disclosure.

legislation prohibits any food product derived from an animal to be considered as bioengineered solely because the animal may have eaten bioengineered feed, according to an announcement from Sen. Pat Roberts (Kan.). Roberts, Senate Agriculture Committee chairman, said the proposal establishing a national mandatory system of disclosure for foods containing GMO ingredients was the result of negotiations with ranking member Debbie Stabenow (Mich.).

Companies' options for disclosure under the Senate legislation include text on a package, a symbol or a link to a website.

The agreement, reached just days before the nation's first biotechnology food labeling law was set to go into effect in Vermont on July 1, prohibits states from mandating labels of food or seed that is genetically engineered.

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