Earlier today, President Obama signed the GMO compromise labeling bill.
The bill was the result of lots of bipartisan negotiation and compromise. It requires companies to put some labeling on products with ingredients produced through genetic engineering. One option is a QR code that customers could scan to learn more information about the ingredients of the products. This could be an excellent opportunity for companies to educate consumers about the safety and sustainability of biotechnology.
The law will effectively pre-empt the Vermont labeling law. That means, it will no longer be enforceable. The Vermont law was extremely confusing for companies and consumers. Once it went into effect, Vermont shoppers were made aware that nearly 3,000 products would no longer be shipped to the state as a result. The Vermont law was essentially a national labeling law.
It is expected that anti-GMO groups will file suit against the new federal law.