Giant food corporation, Campbell’s has announced its support for US labelling of GM products. In any case, they have announced that they will be phasing in new labels that will disclose the probable presence of GM products in their offerings. The new labels will also have a web site address so that interested consumers may get more specific information.
Campbell Soup Company is famous for its red and white labels, but it is a giant purveyor of food products and their announcement will likely put pressure on the US government and other food purveyors. Campbell’s also markets under Pepperidge Farm, Prego, Plum Organics and V8 brands.
Their first new labels will be on the canned spaghetti product called Spaghetti Os. Vermont is the first state to phase in GM labelling. It will be effective in July of this year. There will continue to be some anomalies. For instance, the plain SpaghettiOs will come under the new regs but the cans with meat balls will not as they are regulated by two different federal agencies.
The announcement by Campbell may seem odd as the company recently funded campaigns to oppose mandatory labelling of GM foods in California and Washington State where the proposals were defeated. Their stance is that a uniform countrywide mandatory standard is necessary.
We now believe that proposing a mandatory national solution is necessary. Printing a clear and simple statement on the label is the best solution for consumers and for Campbell. Campbell Soup Company
The company is taking pains to make it clear that they are not questioning the safety or nutritional validity of the GM products in their offerings. Up to 75% of their products contain the big four GM products – corn, canola, soybeans, sugar beets.
Campbell has also announced that they are phasing out the use of artificial colour and flavours in their products.
The company, founded in 1869, also owns the following brands. Bolthouse Farms, Arnott’s, Swanson, Pace, Royal Dansk, Kjeldsens, Garden Fresh Gourmet.
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