The National Council of Farmer Cooperatives applauded the decision of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to reject a petition for mandatory labeling of foods containing genetically modified ingredients.
“In denying this petition, the FDA once again looked at the research on GMOs and reaffirmed what every reputable scientific study on these products has found—that GMOs are safe and not different in any meaningful way from foods produced without this breeding technology,” said Chuck Conner, president and CEO of NCFC. “This decision opens the way for further congressional action on legislation that will provide a verifiable, process-based and federal voluntary GMO labeling standard that will expand consumer choice in the marketplace and provide consistency and certainty across the country. Legislation should also prevent states from creating their own labeling standards, such as Vermont has done, that have no basis in science and would create an untenable, 50-state patchwork of standards.”
The American Soybean Association welcomes guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration that establishes guidelines for the uniform, voluntary labeling for non-GMO foods. Establishing a uniform standard for voluntary labeling has been a key part of ASA’s push to reduce consumer confusion about which foods do and do not contain ingredients derived from biotechnology.
“ASA is happy to see the guidance from FDA today that affirms that voluntary rather than mandatory labeling is the correct science-based and health policy,” said ASA President and Texas farmer Wade Cowan. “This concept has been at the heart of our work on a legislative solution that would provide more clarity to consumers, and we’re encouraged to see that part of the process move forward.”
ASA also pointed to news out of the White House that the administration has rejected a petition calling for the mandatory labeling of GMO’s as indication that the discussion on biotechnology in the consumer marketplace is moving according to science, rather than misconception.
The National Corn Growers Association also thanked the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for issuing science-based, reasonable guidance on voluntary labeling for foods with ingredients from genetically engineered sources. This guidance, which importantly stresses that the Agency only has purview to require mandatory labels in the case of material difference, addresses consumer interests with a clear outline of recommendations for food companies wishing to label their products.
“The FDA’s approach to voluntary labeling of food products would provide American consumers with truthful information in a clear manner that respects regulatory processes already in place,” said NCGA President Chip Bowling, a farmer from Newburg, Maryland. “In maintaining a science- and process-based approach to mandatory labels while laying out a thoughtful, conscientious path for voluntary labeling, the FDA stood firmly both with the people who grow our food and those who buy it. A voluntary labeling system, like the one outlined, provides information that would allow consumers to make choices based in facts and not in fear.”Share