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Genetically-Engineered Food Labeling Bill Introduced


Senator Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Congressman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) have introduced the Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act, which would require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to label genetically engineered (GE) whole foods and processed foods, including fish and seafood. 


Senator Boxer said, “Unfortunately, the FDA’s antiquated labeling policy has not kept pace with 21st Century food technologies that allow for a wide array of genetic and molecular changes to food that can’t be detected by human senses.”  Currently, FDA only requires labeling of GE foods if the food is significantly different in nutritional property, if it includes an allergen, or if it contains safety risks for the consumer.  Those organizations supporting the bill include Center for Food Safety, National Farmers Union, Consumers Union, Environmental Working Group and Consumer Federation of America. 

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