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OCA Statement on Campbell’s Announcement that the Food Co. Will Label Foods Containing Genetically Engineered Ingredients

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

January 8, 2016
    
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: Organic Consumers Association: Katherine Paul, 207-653-3090, katherine@organicconsumers.org

FINLAND, Minn. – The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) today issued the following statement following the announcement by Campbell Soup Co. (NYSE: CPB) will label products that contain genetically engineered ingredients:

“Today’s announcement by Campbell’s marks a significant win on the GMO labeling front for consumers,” said OCA International Director, Ronnie Cummins. Whether this major food company’s decision was forced by Vermont’s GMO labeling law, set to take effect July 1, or whether it is a result of direct pressure from consumers and consumer boycotts, the decision proves that when consumers consistently, and persistently, demand transparency, food corporations will eventually comply, rather than risk their brand images or retail sales.

“The decision by Campbell’s sends a clear message to Monsanto and the Grocery Manufacturers Association which have spent hundreds of millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling laws. And unless Campbell’s announces price hikes resulting from these new labels, this move proves that industry threats that labels will makes products more expensive have been nothing more than empty fear mongering.

“Ultimately we would like to see Campbell’s source only organic ingredients, from suppliers that use organic, regenerative farming practices. And we disagree with the company’s claims that GMOs are safe, especially given that about 85 percent of GMO crops are grown with Monsanto’s Roundup, which contains glyphosate, a probable carcinogen, according to the World Health Organization. But we congratulate the company for being the first major brand to provide transparency around GMO ingredients.”

Following the loss of Proposition 37, a 2012 ballot initiative in California that would have required GMO foods in that state to be labeled, the OCA called for a boycott of the organic brands owned by Campbell’s, including the company’s Plum Organics line. Campbell’s donated $589,000 to defeat Prop 37, and another $385,000 to defeat a similar initiative in Washington State, in 2013.

The Organic Consumers Association (OCA) is an online and grassroots non-profit 501(c)3 public interest organization campaigning for health, justice, and sustainability. The Organic Consumers Fund is a 501(c)4 allied organization of the Organic Consumers Association, focused on grassroots lobbying and legislative action.

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