By Julian Pecquet - 07/05/11 05:28 PM EDT
The organization called the U.S. support for the guidance a "striking reversal," but the Obama administration disputed that characterization, saying it remains opposed to mandatory labeling.
"The adopted text confirms that Codex labeling texts developed for foods generally, also apply to foods derived from modern biotechnology," an administration official said. "This adopted text clarifies that foods derived from modern biotechnology are not necessarily different from other foods simply due to their method of production."
Update: This post was updated at 5 p.m. with comment from the Obama administration.