Washington, D.C. – Environmental Working Group applauds food retailer Whole Foods Market for its decision to label any foods sold in its U.S. and Canadian stores that contain genetically engineered ingredients by 2018. Whole Foods Market is the first national grocery chain to set a deadline for full transparency for GE foods (also known as GMOs).

“Today’s announcement by Whole Foods will give consumers the information they need to make the right choice for their families,” said Ken Cook, president of EWG and a board member of Organic Voices, a national nonprofit organization. “Whole Foods recognizes that consumers want to know more, not less, about their foods.  This announcement will add new urgency to efforts to require GE labeling in more than 20 states and put new pressure on the Obama administration to fulfill the promise that then-presidential candidate Barack Obama made in 2007.”

EWG has been active in national and state efforts to ensure that consumers in the United States are accorded the same right that people have in more than 60 countries around the world – the right to know whether the food they eat and feed to their families has been genetically engineered. The DC-based nonprofit organization has a long history of providing consumers with useful information and research about environmental and public health concerns and supporting organic agriculture.

Earlier this week, EWG and Organic Voices, which manages the Just Label It campaign, announced a new collaboration to highlight the benefits of organic food and advance the fight for universal labeling of food that contains GE ingredients.

Information provided by: Environmental Working Group