Durbin Statement on GMO Labeling Bill

WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) released the following statement on legislation that prohibits states from mandating labels on foods that contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and exempts many foods from being labeled as genetically modified:
The idea that people would need to walk around the grocery store scanning product codes just to find out what’s in the food they’re buying is ridiculous and unfair. Food companies should not be able to hide behind confusing coded labels that conceal their products’ ingredients. While GMOs themselves are not inherently dangerous, Americans have a right to know what they’re eating. I hope more food companies follow the lead of Campbell Soup, which earlier this year announced it would voluntarily provide information about GMOs right on their labels.