Does animal feed include GMO / genetically modified ingredients?
Animal feed can include crops from genetically modified (GM) seeds.
USFRA supports a farmer’s choice to plant and grow conventional crops, GM crops, organic crops or a combination. Similarly, USFRA supports a consumer’s choice to purchase foods they prefer.
Many farmers plant GM seeds to reduce crop damage from weeds, diseases and insects, as well as from adverse weather conditions such as drought or flooding. On the other hand, some farmers choose organic production. The methods of production farmers choose contribute to meeting consumer demands, producing healthy choices for everyone, and protecting the environment.
Food from GM seeds has been studied extensively, and since 1995, has been commercially available. It has been proven safe for human and animal consumption. No other crops have been studied more or subject to greater scientific review than GMOs; GM products are the most researched and tested agricultural products for safety, health and nutritional value. Standards and regulations for GM products are overseen by The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to ensure safety.
In addition, farmers and ranchers must adhere to the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, which states that any substance that is added to, or is expected to become a component of, animal feed, either directly or indirectly, must be used in accordance with an animal food additive regulation unless it is generally recognized as safe for that use.