GMO food labels can make use of new technology in addition to being well-printed and designed. A recent NPR article gives some insight into how GMO labels could give consumers the information that they need to know.
By using QR codes that can lead users to more details, products could pack lots of different ingredients in one consistent package for easy access. Barcode labels can be part of the strategy for making strong, compliant packaging.
The source said that this represents a sort of compromise between the food manufacturers and the advocates for cleaner labels. The measure could supposedly reduce the amount of packaging needed for each item while making use of consumer access to smartphones. The most recent bill has passed Senate approval but still awaits votes in the House.
While the QR code gives companies options for how they present information, there's flexibility within the bill for how to achieve these goals. This code isn't mandatory but just a possible alternative to those that oppose traditional GMO labels, according to Vox.
This article also described the specific mandates of the bill, which uses a broad definition for bioengineering. Under this rule, businesses could include either text or a symbol on the package to draw attention.
Some companies will be able to use contact info, specifically a phone number or URL, depending on their size. The new legislation follows a 2014 Vermont law that requires labels for genetically modified ingredients, which took effect earlier this month.
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