Comment Of Senator Patrick Leahy On General Mills’ Announcement, As Start Of VT’s GMO Label Law Looms, That It Will Voluntarily Label Its Products For Their GMO Content

[Following are the comments of Senator Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), a leader in derailing a Senate bill this week that would have nullified Vermont’s GMO labeling law.  Leahy is a leading member of the Senate Agriculture Committee and a former chairman of the panel.  He joined this week with Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.) in introducing legislation to institute a national GMO labeling standard.]

“General Mills has joined Campbell Soup, another industry leader, in saying yes to disclosure.  I applaud their decision in taking this commonsense and consumer-friendly step.  Vermonters have long supported labeling, our fellow Americans agree, and Congress should do the same.  We in Vermont are proud that our state’s law has been the catalyst that is moving us toward a uniform national standard.  Our success this week in sidelining the Senate bill to nullify Vermont’s law has added to the momentum for the national labeling bill that Senator Merkley, I and others in the Senate have brought forward to settle this issue.  The straightforward logic of our bill is that consumers have the right to know.”

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