Campbell’s Soup Co has announced that the company will now disclose all GMO ingredients on their product labels, becoming the first major food company in the United States to commit to labeling genetically modified ingredients. In addition, Campbell’s has come out in favor of legislation that would create a single mandatory labeling system for food products derived from GMOs.
Right now, GMO labels are not required by the USDA, although the government has developed official labels for non-GMO products. The USDA has also recently approved the sale of genetically modified salmon, but will not actually require a label to identify the fish as such.
This new policy will not only affect cans of soup: Campbell’s actually owns several brands including V8, Goldfish, Pepperidge Farm, Prego, and Swanson.
Food companies are already printing out food labels in compliance with a GMO labeling law that recently passed in Vermont, the first of its kind to do so. Starting this July, all packaged products in Vermont will need to disclose genetically modified ingredients.
Campbell’s promises to put its plan into effect if a federal resolution is not reached within a reasonable timeframe.
“We’re optimistic that a federal solution can be reached in a reasonable amount of time, but if that’s not the case, we’re preparing to label all our products across the portfolio,” Denise Morrison, CEO of Campbell told The New York Times.