By Donna Mazzitelli
The Campbell Soup Company has announced its support of federal legislation to establish a single mandatory labeling standard for foods derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) and plans to voluntarily disclose the presence of GMOs in all its foods in the absence of such a standard. Campbell’s has also withdrawn its support from the efforts of groups working to oppose federal GMO labeling, such as the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
“This announcement is a major victory for consumers and sets Campbell’s apart from many of its industry peers. 92 percent of Americans support GMO labeling, so Campbell’s commitment to transparency in its ingredients will be warmly welcomed by U.S. consumers,” said Elizabeth O’Connell, director of consumer advocacy for Green America. “Campbell’s is going far beyond any of its competitors to support the people’s Right to Know what’s in their food.”
GMO labeling is now required in Vermont, where Campbell’s has introduced packaging that discloses if a product contains GMO ingredients. Campbell’s announced that if a federal labeling standard could not be agreed upon, the company was prepared to label all of its U.S. products for the presence of GMO ingredients.
“Campbell’s decision to withdraw its support from anti-labeling efforts and voluntarily disclose its GMO ingredients on its packaging sets the company apart from other consumer packaged goods companies,” said Todd Larsen, co-executive director of Green America. “Other companies should take note of consumer preference and follow Campbell’s lead in disclosing GMOs.”
In 2015, Campbell’s announced new lines of organic soups that contained no GMOs and also announced it would remove MSG from its soups, as well as organic wheat versions of its iconic Goldfish crackers.