WASHINGTON – EWG President Ken Cook issued the following statement in response to the proposal by Sens. Pat Roberts, R-Kan., and Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., on GMO labeling:
EWG does not support the Roberts-Stabenow GMO labeling proposal. While we support a national, mandatory GMO labeling system and recognize that more foods would be covered by this proposal than are covered by state labeling laws, we cannot support this proposal because food companies would be permitted to make a GMO disclosure through a means that is unavailable or unfamiliar to many Americans. Food companies have already changed their labels to comply with Vermont’s groundbreaking GMO labeling law. If the Roberts-Stabenow proposal becomes law, EWG will do everything in our power to pressure food companies to continue to make a GMO disclosure on the package.