Packaging / Food Safety / Ingredients / Industry News

Trade groups: GMO labeling is on the way

Trade groups for Monsanto, PepsiCo and other major food companies are teaming to form the Coalition for Safe Affordable Food (CFSAF). The group hopes to create one national standard for Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) labeling and oppose efforts in various states that are pushing for better consumer information. These inventors and users of genetically modified ingredients claim they want a federal law that pre-empts state legislation that has been brought by anti-GMO activists and has resulted in costly ballot fights in several states.

No matter who wins the labeling game—whether the eventual laws hold industry accountable in the eyes of activists or protect biotech via regulations they're amenable to—one of the leading market research companies says it's time for food companies to prepare for a post-GMO labeling world.

NPD Group’s new survey of Americans’ attitudes about GMOs finds that they’re concerned more about genetically engineered foods and its analysis is readying food and beverage companies for the eventuality of labeling laws. While the full report is intended solely for use by food companies, Darren Seifer, a food and beverage industry analyst and author of the report, “Gauging GMO Awareness and Impact,” shared that awareness of such foods is increasing.

More than one-fourth of American adults have heard "a great deal” or “quite a lot” about GMOs. Half of adults say they are concerned about GMOs in their food, and 20% say they are “very/extremely concerned” about GMOs—up from 15% in 2011. The growth in concern over GMOs is outpacing that of other food dangers, such as E. coli, salmonella and high fructose corn syrup, according to the report. And the upward trajectory in GMO awareness and concern should serve as a message to the food industry—despite the high-profile labeling defeats in California and Washington.


Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine 

You must login or register in order to post a comment.



Image Galleries

Blue Diamond Almonds Facility

Blue Diamond Almond’s new  processing facility in Turlock, CA.

11/7/13 2:00 pm EST

Food Plant of the Future: The Future of Wastewater Management

Available On-Demand Effective management of wastewater is becoming increasingly critical to food and beverage processors as the cost for incoming water increases...

Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery Magazine

Cover Image

2014 August

This month's publication of Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery takes a special look at Blue Diamond's growers and advanced technology, as well as a tour through the Blue Diamond production plant in Turlock, CA.

Table Of Contents Subscribe

School Lunches

Millions of children will soon be returning to school, lunchboxes in hand. What was your favorite lunchbox treat when you were a kid?
View Results Poll Archive


Organic Production and Food Quality: A Down to Earth Analysis

Effects of Organic Production on Food Quality is the first comprehensive book on how organic production methods influence the safety and quality of foods, based on an unbiased assessment of the latest scientific findings.  The title is a 'must-have' for everyone working within the food industry.

More Products

Clear Seas Research

Clear Seas ResearchWith access to over one million professionals and more than 60 industry-specific publications,Clear Seas Research offers relevant insights from those who know your industry best. Let us customize a market research solution that exceeds your marketing goals.

The Weekly Mix

Operations Weekly Logo

Written by Snack Food & Wholesale Bakery editors, our Operations Weekly weekly enewsletter provides bakers and snack food manufacturers with up-to-the-minute news, ideas and industry trends.

Sign up today!


Facebook IconTwitter IconYoutube IconLinkedIn Icon