On July 29th, President Obama signed a new law that would require all food labels to declare whether the item contains genetically modified ingredients. Companies will be allowed to either place words on the package, or provide a QR code, 1-800 number, or website for consumers to visit for more information.
The federal law pre-empts a Vermont ruling that requires food to say, "produced with genetic engineering." The good news for the packaged food industry is that there is one national law, and you will not have to track state-by-state laws.
The Agriculture Department has two years to write the rules, although some large packaged food producers are already updating packaging with QR codes in preparation for the rules.