Mars Inc. responded to the call to label GMOs on their products, now specifically labeling M&M’s, Milky Way, 3 Musketeers and the much-loved Snickers. The company is also working to remove all artificial coloring, due to consumer demand, but they claim GMOs are safe and they’re only adding GMO labels to comply with Vermont’s labeling law which goes into effect this July.
“Food developed through biotechnology has been studied extensively and judged safe by a broad range of regulatory agencies, scientists, health professionals, and other experts around the world,” wrote Mars Inc. on the company website.
Not surprising. This is the stance we hear from all companies offering GMOs in their products. After all, how can they make a profit by discrediting the very ingredients they’re selling? But according to Vermont’s politicians, this mandatory labeling law isn’t about health effects on consumers due to GMOs; it’s about the consumer’s right to know.
“The idea is a simple one: Vermonters should have the right to know what is in the food they buy. We already require food companies to label nutritional values like calories or sugar content and to include an ingredient list,” Vermont Governor Peter Shumlin wrote in the Vermont website.
With yet another company now participating in GMO labeling, perhaps the Senate will feel more empowered to enact a mandatory nationwide labeling standard soon…
To read about Mars Inc. GMO labeling and the GMO labeling bill, go to http://www.techtimes.com/articles/143361/20160323/mars-adds-gmo-labeling-on-candy-and-chocolate-products.htm
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