On Friday, Campbell Soup confirmed that it supports mandatory national labeling of food containing genetically modified ingredients (GMOs).Campbell to label GMO ingredients, supports GMO disclosure legislation
The world’s largest soup manufacturer says it will withdraw its opposition to mandatory labeling of foods made with GMOs. The issue of GMOs in food has caused widespread debate in the United States and beyond and prompted bills in various states to require labeling.
"We have always believed that consumers have the right to know what's in their food," CEO Denise Morrison wrote in a post that was published online by Campbell.
Campbell Soup has taken a stand in the fray over food labeling, saying it will disclose its ingredients derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).Campbell Soup Says It Supports GMO Labelling
The maker of brands such as Pepperidge Farm, V8 and Prego said it will advocate for federal legislation that would standardize GMO labeling rules for all food and beverage manufacturers operating in the USA, deviating from its competitors who are fighting such efforts and seeking to circumvent states' actions to enact their own laws.
Some federal and state lawmakers have sought legislation that would mandate foodmakers to disclose ingredients — such as corn and soybeans — whose DNA was artificially altered by including genes from other plants, animals, viruses or bacteria. In 2013, Vermont became the first state to pass a bill that would require foodmakers to label GMO ingredients. Gov. Peter Shumlin, whose signature is required, has declared his support of the bill, which will go into effect this year.
The company also called on the federal government to propose a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging.Campbell Soup To Label Products Containing GMOs, Supports Mandatory Labeling – Consumerist
Campbell Soup CEO Denise Morrison has been outspoken about the need for big food makers to adapt to changing tastes. The company, based in Camden, N.J., has been diversifying its packaged food lineup with offerings that are seen as fresher.
Its acquisitions in recent years include premium juice and carrot seller Bolthouse Farms and Plum Organics, which makes baby food.
In a message posted online by Campbell Friday, Morrison stressed that the company is in "no way disputing the science GMOs or their safety.'' But she said GMOs have become a top issue among consumers.
"We have always believed that consumers have the right to know what's in their food,'' Morrison wrote.
While some large food producers contend that mandatory labeling of products containing genetically modified or genetically engineered ingredients would be a burdensome and unnecessary requirement, the folks at Campbell Soup Company have decided to not only voluntarily label their GMO-containing products but to publicly support mandatory GMO labeling.
About 75% of Campbell’s products — in addition to its namesake soups, Campbell also makes brands like Pepperidge Farm, Bolthouse Farms, Arnott’s, V8, Swanson, Pace, Prego, among others — use ingredients made from corn, canola, sugar beets, or soybeans. Almost all of the farmers producing those crops in the U.S. use GMO seed.
So for a company like Campbell, there’s no way it can simply stop using GMO ingredients and still produce the quantity of product that its customers demand. In fact, the company has no intention to make such a change because it maintains that GMOs have been repeatedly proven safe and that they may be needed to meet the increased demand for food around the globe.