Grocery Manufacturers Association discloses donors to anti-GMO label effort

By | October 18, 2013 | Comments

The Grocery Manufacturers Association filed a report with the Public Disclosure Commission on Friday that includes a list of 34 companies that have contributed money to oppose a GMO food labeling initiative, including well-known brands such as Pepsi, Coca-Cola, Nestle and Campbell Soup.

The move comes days after Washington Attorney General Bob Ferguson announced he was filing a lawsuit against the Grocery Manufacturing Association for concealing the names of its contributors.

The Grocery Manufacturing Association has collected more than $7 million to oppose Initiative 522, which would require labels on foods with genetically modified (GMO) ingredients.

The food industry group filed paperwork to create a new political committee called the “Grocery Manufacturers Association Against I-522,” and included a list of companies that contributed money to the anti-GMO labeling effort.

Among the companies included in the report:

Bimbo Bakeries, Bumble Bee Foods, Bush Brothers & Co., Campbell Soup, Coca-Cola, ConAgra Foods, Del Monte, General Mills, Hershey Co., Hormel Foods, J.M. Smucker, Kellogg Company, Land O’Lakes, Nestle USA, Ocean Spray Cranberries, PepsiCo, Sunny Delight and Welch Foods.

The largest donation came from PepsiCo, which contributed $1.6 million. Nestle USA and Coca-Cola each donated about $1 million.

You can find the full PDC report here.

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