/ August 4, 2016 /
A law that President Barack Obama signed last Friday will require mandatory labeling of bioengineered food products across the country no later than two years from now, and while some in Hawaii believe it's "a step forward," others think it's a "slippery slope" that lets seed companies off the hook for testing genetically modified products.
Obama signed Senate Bill 764 into law last Friday, after it passed through the U.S. Senate 63-30 on July 7 and the U.S. House of Representatives 306-117 on July 14.
The law requires bioengineered food products to include a disclosure in the form of a text, symbol or electronic link, including the increasingly popular QR codes that can be scanned with a smartphone and converted into readable information. Smaller packages would carry a phone number or website for additional information. The manufacturer may select the type of label.
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