Whole Foods says all products in its North American stores that contain genetically modified ingredients will be labeled as such by 2018.
The company says it's the first national grocery chain to set such a deadline for labeling foods that contain genetically modified organisms, or GMOs. A spokeswoman for the supermarket operator said organic foods will not have to carry the labels since they do not contain genetically modified ingredients by definition.
Whole Foods covered Washington's labeling debate in their store magazine, but didn't take a side on the initiative. The pro-labeling folks will surely call this a victory, saying it only goes to show that people support knowing what's in their food and labeling is inevitable. The anti-labeling people will surely also spin it for their side, saying consumers already have options and there's no reason to mandate labeling at the state level. And the merry-go-round continues!