On July 14 the U.S House of Representatives passed a Senate bill authorizing the creation of a Federal labelling standard for genetically modified food. The bill will now advance to the President’s desk, where it is likely to be signed. Under the bill, food manufacturers would be able to use text, symbols or a QR code to provide information on the genetic content of the food they produce. The standard would also override any state laws regarding the labelling of genetically modified food. Efforts to pass a federal standard followed moves by Vermont and other states to implement state based labels for genetically modified food.
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