General Mills Labeling Decision Underscores Need for National Law

Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the recent GMO labeling announcement by General Mills is “an indication of why we need a national approach.” Vilsack told the Hagstrom Report that the lack of a national standard will create confusion. General Mills revealed last week the company will label all of its products in accordance with the Vermont labeling law taking effect in July.

General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening made the announcement just two days after a Senate bill to ban state labeling laws failed to get the 60 votes needed to invoke cloture. Harmening wrote that as discussion continues in Washington, food production companies, such as General Mills, must work to comply with the Vermont law or face significant fines.