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Federal Lawmakers Urge FDA to Require GMO Labeling

A bipartisan group of 55 members of Congress this week urged the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods.

The 45 House members and 10 senators joined in supporting a legal petition filed last year by the nonpartisan Center for Food Safety (CFS) on behalf of the “Just Label It” campaign that foods with genetically modified (GM) ingredients be labeled accordingly.

Such a requirement would “protect consumer rights and prevent consumer deception” in the marketplace, said the letter led by Senate Environment and Public Works Committee Chairwoman Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-Ore.).

“FDA’s regulatory regime for food labeling is inadequate and uses 19th century concepts to regulate 21st century food technologies,” reads the bicameral letter sent Tuesday to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg.

The members of Congress — and other proponents of a labeling requirement — say consumers have a right to know if a product is made from plants or animals that have had their genetic makeup scientifically altered.

“Absent labeling, Americans are unable to choose for themselves whether to purchase GE foods,” their letter reads.

The FDA is taking public comment on the CFS petition, which was filed in September 2011. A ruling is expected later this year.

The petition calls for labeling of food made with genetically engineered (GE) ingredients or ingredients from genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

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1 comment to Federal Lawmakers Urge FDA to Require GMO Labeling

  • The headline said the court reeffirmad the danger of GM crops, yet the article didn’t say anything of the sort and couldn’t honestly do otherwise because that wasn’t what the court case is about. Tell me how that’s a biased reading?You can believe all that genetically engineered crops are dangerous if you like. But the fact is that the court case this article reported on had nothing to do with their danger one way or the other. The headline is provably incorrect. As former Sen. Moynihan famously said: Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but they are not entitled to their own facts.

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