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At Least One Big Food Manufacturer Is in Favor of Mandatory GMO Labeling

Campbell's stance is a sharp departure from food industry groups that want it to remain voluntary.

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People want to know what's in their food — and at least one big food manufacturer wants to keep them informed. Campbell Soup, which also produces brands like Pepperidge Farm and Prego, says it supports a federal standard for GMO labeling on food products, the Associated Press reports.

That stands in sharp contrast to what others in the food industry have been saying. While a majority of Americans are in support of mandatory label disclosure for GMO foods, an industry group called the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food is lobbying Congress to to ensure labeling remains voluntary. (CFSAF is supported by a number of powerful trade organizations including the American Beverage Association, the American Frozen Food Institute, and the National Corn Growers Association.)

Per the AP, "about three-quarters of Campbell's products contain GMOs." If a federal labeling standard isn't established soon, the company says "it will work independently to disclose the presence of GMOs in its products."

And while many big food companies seem awfully hesitant about disclosing which of their products contain GMOs, at the same time they're quite enthusiastic about calling out the ones that are GMO-free: PepsiCo. will soon slap a "non-GMO" label on some of its Tropicana juice products, even though, as the AP points out, "genetically modified oranges do not exist."

While the Food and Drug Administration says GMOs are perfectly safe for humans to eat and decades of scientific research have been unable to link any adverse health effects to their consumption, consumer trepidation toward GMO foods nonetheless remains, and many are wary of potentially adverse affects on the environment; recent news that the FDA would not require genetically engineered salmon to be labeled as a GMO was met with plenty of backlash.

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