GM Food Needs Mandatory Labels, Food Producers Tell FDA

FrankenfoodMolly Peterson writes in Business Week:

Genetically engineered corn, soy and plant oil should be disclosed on mandatory food labels, a coalition of more than 350 producers, trade groups and consumers said in a petition to U.S. regulators.

The U.S. should require added disclosure even when a product containing a gene-altered organism is similar to foods that aren’t bioengineered, the groups said today in the petition to the Food and Drug Administration. Stonyfield Farm, the organic-yogurt maker owned by Danone SA, and Dean Foods Co.’s Horizon Organic are among the coalition members.

Petitioners, led by the Washington-based Center for Food Safety, want to reverse a 1992 Food and Drug Administration policy that doesn’t require different labeling. Gene-altered seeds are used for almost 90 percent of U.S.-grown corn, 94 percent of soy and 90 percent of cottonseed, an oil-producing plant, the coalition said.

“Consumers ought to have the right to choose whether to be buying these foods,” said Gary Hirshberg, chief executive officer of Londonderry, New Hampshire-based Stonyfield Farm, in an interview. “Polls show a vast majority of Americans say they don’t want to eat genetically engineered foods.”

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  • http://twitter.com/SaHuffstetler Sally Huffstetler

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  • ChristianHypocrite

     Fuck this, I don’t care what’s in my food.  Just shove it in my fucking mouth and get it over with.

  • ChristianHypocrite

     Fuck this, I don’t care what’s in my food.  Just shove it in my fucking mouth and get it over with.

    • MadHierophant

      That’s what she–wait, you were talking about food.

      …She probably still said it. She’s *always* saying stuff. That whore.

  • Anonymous

    I’d like to know. Not that it really matters. 

    To quote one Monsanto on the issue;

    “Money money money money!”

  • Redacted

    I’d like to know. Not that it really matters. 

    To quote Monsanto on the issue;

    “Money money money money!”

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    The specious reasoning that is used to argue against GMO labeling is harder to swallow than the mutant foods it protects.

    Something along the lines of “The original food has DNA in it and we’re only messing with some of that DNA, so it’s biologically and chemically similar to the organisms already in the food chain”.

    Duh!

    “The World According to Monsanto” covers this issue nicely, if you’ve got the self-discipline to sit through it.

  • http://www.ContraControl.com/ Zenc

    The specious reasoning that is used to argue against GMO labeling is harder to swallow than the mutant foods it protects.

    Something along the lines of “The original food has DNA in it and we’re only messing with some of that DNA, so it’s biologically and chemically similar to the organisms already in the food chain”.

    Duh!

    “The World According to Monsanto” covers this issue nicely, if you’ve got the self-discipline to sit through it.

  • Anonymous

    That’s what she–wait, you were talking about food.

    …She probably still said it. She’s *always* saying stuff. That whore.

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