Good news! Campbell’s, one of the largest food companies, announced it will officially support mandatory labeling of GMOs. Campbell’s also owns other popular brands including Pepperidge Farm, Prego, V8, and others – all of which will soon carry labels disclosing whether they contain ingredients made from genetically modified crops. In addition, Campbell’s will also withdraw from any coalitions of other food and chemical companies like Monsanto that oppose GMO labeling.
The world’s biggest soup maker broke ranks with peers and said late last Thursday it supported the establishment of federal legislation for a single mandatory labeling standard for GMO-derived foods and a national standard for non-GMO claims made on food packaging.
The agrochemical and biotech industry, including companies like Monsanto, DuPont, Dow AgroSciences, Bayer CropScience, BASF Plant Science and Syngenta, has for years fought against efforts to pass either U.S. state or federal laws that would require food companies to adjust product labels to show GMO ingredients. Back in 2012, these companies collectively spent more than $21.5 million to help defeat the California food labeling proposition.