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Organic Advocates Protest Relaxed FDA/USDA Position On GE Food Labeling

April 20, 2010: 08:53 AM EST
The nonprofit publisher of U.S. consumer research magazine Consumer Reports has joined more than 80 groups to protest a proposed FDA/USDA position on food labeling that “could potentially create significant problems for food producers in the U.S. who wish to indicate that their products contain no genetically engineered ingredients, including on organic food …” The government's draft position suggests that mandatory labeling of food as genetically engineered would “create the impression that the labeled food is in some way different” and would therefore be “false, misleading or deceptive.” GE ingredients are indeed different, according to the Consumers Union and groups representing farmers, public health, environmental and organic food organizations, and foods containing them should be clearly labeled as such.
"Letter to USDA from 80 Organisations Concerning GM and CODEX Labeling Problems", Consumers Union, April 20, 2010, © Consumers Union
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