Tens of Thousands Thank Campbell Soup for Backing GMO Labeling

For Immediate Release
February 12, 2016

Tens of Thousands Thank Campbell Soup for Backing GMO Labeling

WASHINGTON– More than 60,000 people signed a petition thanking Campbell Soup Company for supporting the mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients, or GMOs.

By signing the petition, they put their names on an open letter to the company saying that they “applaud Campbell’s leadership on this issue and thanked the company for giving customers the right to know what’s in their food.”

“The strong response to this petition is a testament to consumers’ deep appreciation for Campbell and other companies who respect and support their right to know about how their foods are produced.” said Gary Hirshberg, chairman of Just Label It. “We applaud Campbell for this bold step toward not only transparency, but also toward finally ending this debate. Because of their leadership, we are closer to reaching the goal of giving consumers information they want about the food they buy and feed their families. We hope that Congress also sees this as a positive sign that significant food companies are ready to support mandatory labeling and we are hopeful that Congress can craft a national mandatory GMO labeling solution in the coming months.”

Polls consistently shows that nearly 90 percent of Americans support mandatory GMO labeling—a practice in 64 other nations. Moreover, 88 percent of respondents to a recent poll said they would prefer a printed GMO label on the food package to a bar code that had to be scanned by a smartphone app.

“The outpouring of thanks to Campbell is a testament to the company’s leadership in the food industry,” said Scott Faber, executive director of Just Label It. “Consumers want a GMO disclosure on the food package so they can make their own choices. Campbell should be applauded for trusting consumers to do their homework and make decisions that reflect their values.”

Contact: press@justlabelit.org

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