WASHINGTON (AP) -- Large food companies are trying to head off state-by-state efforts to enact mandatory labeling of genetically modified ingredients by proposing new voluntary labels nationwide.
The food industry and farm groups are pushing Congress to pass legislation that would require the Food and Drug Administration to create guidelines for the new labels, which food manufacturers could use.
A federal standard for voluntary labels would get food manufacturers off the hook if any individual states pass laws requiring mandatory labeling.
Recent ballot initiatives in California and Washington failed. But several state legislatures are considering labeling requirements and opponents of engineered ingredients are aggressively pushing new state laws.
There's very little science that says genetically engineered foods are unsafe. But opponents say too much is unknown about them.
To comment, the following rules must be followed:
Comments may be monitored for inappropriate content, but the station is under no legal obligation to do so.
If you believe a comment violates the above rules, please use the Flagging Tool to alert a Moderator.
Flagging does not guarantee removal.
Multiple violations may result in account suspension.
Decisions to suspend or unsuspend accounts are made by Station Moderators.
Questions may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Please provide detailed information.
All comments must adhere to the WSAW.com discussion rules.