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In early May, Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin signed into law HB 112, a bill that would require mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients in Vermont. While consumer advocacy organizations are praising the nation’s first GMO labeling law, industry food groups like Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) are challenging the bill, claiming it’s critically flawed.
In light of this labeling debate, the International Food Information Council (IFIC) recently released the results of its 2014 “Consumer Perceptions of Food Technology” survey. According to the survey, 63 percent of consumers are content with current labeling policy for foods produced with biotechnology, which calls for labeling only when biotechnology substantially changes the food’s nutritional content/composition or if there’s a potential safety issue. The survey shows that only 4 percent wanted information about biotechnology or related terms.
About Marian Zboraj
Marian Zboraj is the Professional Editor of Food Quality & Safety. She has worked on the publication since late 2012, working from the John Wiley & Sons corporate headquarters in Hoboken, N.J. Marian has extensive editorial experience, holding editorial positions in the B2B publishing industry since 2001 and working on a variety of topics such as nutracueticals, eyecare, and industrial manufacturing. She resides in northern New Jersey. Reach her at email@example.com.