March 5th, 2013

Most Americans Want Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

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When it comes to labeling genetically modified (GM) foods, the United States lags behind nearly 50 developed nations, including all European Union member states, Australia, Brazil, China, Japan, Korea, New Zealand, Russia and Saudi Arabia. The European Union requires all food, animal feeds and processed products with biotech content to bear GM labels. However, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not require the labeling of GM food products because the agency’s policy is that GM foods are not different from conventional foods. While many manufacturers voluntarily label foods that do not contain GM ingredients (known as “absence labeling”), almost no companies voluntarily label their foods to affirm the use of GM ingredients.