Sen. Merkley’s GMO Labeling Could Bridge Divide Between Consumers and Industry

For Immediate Release
March 2, 2016

Sen. Merkley’s GMO Labeling Could Bridge Divide Between Consumers and Industry

WASHINGTON- A new bill, titled the Biotechnology Food Labeling Uniformity Act, introduced today by Senator Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) could “bridge the divide” between consumers and industry on the issue of transparency and GMO labeling, according to a statement from Just Label It’s chairman Gary Hirshberg.

Hirshberg, who is also the chairman of Stonyfield Farm, said:

As a businessman with 35 years of experience in selling food to moms and families, I know the value of transparency and trust. Consumers are demanding the right to know more about their food and how it’s grown.  Yet, thus far, the response from Congress, and many large agribusiness and food companies has been to keep them in the dark.   This will never work and is never a good idea beause consumers and citizens will not stand for it.

I believe Senator Merkley’s bill is the kind of proposal that could bridge the divide between consumers and food companies on the issue of GMO labeling. This bill will give consumers the information they want, while allowing manufacturers the flexibility they say they need to implement mandatory, on-package labeling.

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