Should GM foods be labeled?
USFRA supports voluntary labeling. Consumers deserve choices and they can choose to purchase foods without ingredients from GMOs by looking for the “USDA Organic label.” Some companies also voluntarily label products as “non-GMO.” USFRA supports transparency, which can take a variety of forms, in products grown or produced from GM seeds. Food from GM seeds has the same nutritional characteristics as food from seeds produced through conventional breeding, including organic crops. It is inaccurate to categorize food from GM seeds as harmful to human health because it simply has not been proven. USFRA encourages all consumers to turn to trustworthy, scientifically valid sources of information.
The USDA and FDA state the following:
- If a bioengineered food is significantly different from its traditional counterpart, such that the common or usual name no longer adequately describes the new food, the name must be changed to describe the difference.
- If an issue exists for the food or a constituent of the food regarding how the food is used or consequences of its use, a statement must be made on the label to describe the issue.
- If a bioengineered food has a significantly different nutritional property, its label must reflect the difference.
- If a new food includes an allergen that consumers would not expect to be present based on the name of the food, the presence of that allergen must be disclosed on the label.
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