US Congress passes law requiring GMO labelling

The US Congress has sent legislation to President Barack Obama that would require most food packages to carry a text label, a symbol or an electronic code readable by smartphone to indicate whether the food contains genetically modified ingredients.

Senate approval came earlier this month, but critics argue that many consumers won’t be able to read electronic labels.

The White House says Obama will sign the bill, which would pre-empt a Vermont law that kicked in earlier this month.

The food industry says GMOs are safe and the labels could mislead people into thinking they aren’t.

The Associated Press

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