Tell the FDA to label genetically engineered foods

By Environmental Working Group

While the scientific debate about the benefits and risks of genetically engineered food will continue for a long time, you have a right to know what you are eating now.

Stand with EWG and the Just Label It campaign today and sign our petition to the FDA demanding that genetically engineered foods are labeled. SIGN PETITION HERE.

Add your comments to this letter:

As a supporter of Environmental Working Group and the Just Label It campaign, I want to know when I am eating genetically modified food. Most of the processed foods available in American grocery stores likely contain some genetically engineered ingredients. While the scientific debate about the benefits and risks of genetically modified crops will continue for a long time, I want to make informed choices for myself.

In late September, a legal petition spearheaded by the Center for Food Safety was submitted to the federal Food and Drug Administration on behalf of Environmental Working Group and other organizations calling for the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. We urge the FDA to grant this petition.

10 responses to “Tell the FDA to label genetically engineered foods

  1. I am on-board, it is great to see that this is at long last finally happening. It will be a lot like the Berlin Wall coming down.

    Doc Blake

  2. Jose Bulatao, Jr.

    Here in the United States of America, it is unconscionable to keep consumers from knowing the extent to which GMO products are present in our food chain.
    The Just Label It campaign is indicative of our right to know what we are eating! FDA: Label genetically engineered foods NOW!

  3. Thank you for this. I am linking to this post in my own blog; I feel it is THAT important to spread the word.
    Judy Jeute
    Royal Ranch
    Manager/Co-owner

  4. If this falls through, turn the tide and label all non-Genetically Modified food(s). It would be more work for a smaller producer, but it would also silently get the word out for people to check into GM foods (when they keep seeing a non-GM label).

    Big Ag and government (and their supporters) would throw a fit. I’m thinking it’s already been tried and currently illegal to label food as such (non-GM) now, unless it’s certified Organic.

  5. Valerie Brinton

    Genetically engineered foods MUST be labeled as such – consumers have a basic right to choose what they put in their own mouths and in their bodies.

  6. House Bill 446 2011-2012 Session Labeling Requirements/GMFs & rBGH in Food.
    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT TO REQUIRE LABELING OF FOOD AND MILK
    PRODUCTS SOLD IN THIS STATE THAT ARE OR THAT CONTAIN GENETICALLY
    MODIFIED FOOD AND OR MILK AND MILK PRODUCTS FROM ANIMALS THAT HAVE
    RECEIVED RECOMBINANT BOVINE GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH).
    http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=H446
    http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H446v0.pdf
    http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H446v1.pdf

    House Bill 446
    2011-2012 Session
    Labeling Requirements/GMFs & rBGH in Food.

    Status: Ref To Com On Agriculture on 03/24/2011
    Sponsors
    Primary: Bradley;
    Co: Faison; Harrison;
    Attributes: Public;
    History
    Date Chamber Action
    03/23/2011 House Filed
    03/24/2011 House Passed 1st Reading
    03/24/2011 House Ref To Com On Agriculture
    Note: a bill listed on this website is not law until passed by the
    House and the Senate, ratified, and, if required, signed by the
    Governor.
    http://ncleg.net/gascripts/BillLookUp/BillLookUp.pl?Session=2011&BillID=H446

    Filed
    http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H446v0.pdf
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
    SESSION 2011
    H D
    HOUSE DRH11106-MD-51 (02/28)
    Short Title: Labeling Requirements/GMOs & rBGH in Food. (Public)
    Sponsors: Representative Bradley.
    Referred to:
    *DRH11106-MD-51*
    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
    AN ACT TO REQUIRE LABELING OF FOOD AND MILK PRODUCTS SOLD IN THIS 2
    STATE THAT ARE OR THAT CONTAIN GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND 3 OR MILK
    AND MILK PRODUCTS FROM ANIMALS THAT HAVE RECEIVED 4 RECOMBINANT BOVINE
    GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH). 5
    Whereas, there is insufficient longitudinal data about the long-term
    consequences to 6 human and animal health of ingesting genetically
    modified food; and 7
    Whereas, there is insufficient longitudinal data about the long-term
    consequences to 8 human and animal health of ingesting milk or milk
    products from animals that have received 9 recombinant bovine growth
    hormone (rBGH), despite the fact that the FDA has determined that 10
    there is no significant difference between milk from cows treated with
    recombinant bovine 11 growth hormone (rBGH) and milk from cows that
    have not been so treated; and 12
    Whereas, a federal government agency’s conclusion regarding a
    product’s safety, 13 reached after limited study, is not a guarantee
    of that safety and does not invalidate public 14 concern for unknown
    side effects; and 15
    Whereas, the General Assembly and citizens of North Carolina have
    legitimate 16 concerns about the long-term health consequences of
    ingesting food that has been manipulated 17 through genetic
    engineering; and 18
    Whereas, the General Assembly and citizens of North Carolina have
    legitimate 19 concerns about the impact on human and animal health of
    genetically modified food and milk 20 and milk products from animals
    that have received recombinant bovine growth hormone 21 (rBGH); and 22
    Whereas, these concerns give rise to a substantial governmental
    interest in requiring 23 the labeling of food and milk sold in this
    State that are or that contain genetically modified food 24 and of
    milk or milk products sold in this State from animals that have
    received recombinant 25 bovine growth hormone (rBGH); Now, therefore,
    26
    The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 27
    SECTION 1. G.S. 106-121 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 28
    “(8b) The term ‘genetically modified food’ means food the genetic
    structure of 29 which has been modified by direct human manipulation
    in a manner that 30 does not occur under natural conditions, including
    through any of the 31 following genetic engineering methods:
    recombinant DNA and RNA 32 techniques, cell fusion, gene deletion or
    doubling, introduction of exogenous 33 genetic material, alteration of
    the position of a gene, or similar procedure. 34
    General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2011
    Page 2 H446 [Filed]
    The term also includes food that is, or is from, the progeny or
    genetic line of 1 an animal or plant described in the preceding
    sentence.” 2
    SECTION 2. G.S. 106-130 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 3
    Ҥ 106-130. Foods deemed misbranded. 4
    A food shall be deemed to be misbranded: 5
    … 6
    (16) If it is a genetically modified food, unless the food bears a
    conspicuous label 7 identifying it as a genetically modified food in a
    font at least as large as the 8 font of a label required by
    subdivision (9) of this section.” 9
    SECTION 3. G.S. 106-268(c) is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 10
    “(c) The term “misbranded” means: 11
    … 12
    (4) If it contains milk from an animal that has been injected with, or
    otherwise 13 received, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH),
    unless it bears a 14 prominent label containing a statement that the
    product contains milk from 15 an animal that received recombinant
    bovine growth hormone (rBGH).” 16
    SECTION 4. This act becomes effective October 1, 2011.

    Edition 1
    http://ncleg.net/Sessions/2011/Bills/House/PDF/H446v1.pdf
    GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF NORTH CAROLINA
    SESSION 2011
    H 1
    HOUSE BILL 446
    Short Title: Labeling Requirements/GMFs & rBGH in Food. (Public)
    Sponsors: Representative Bradley (Primary Sponsor).
    For a complete list of Sponsors, see Bill Information on the NCGA Web Site.
    Referred to: Agriculture.
    March 24, 2011
    *H446-v-1*
    A BILL TO BE ENTITLED 1
    AN ACT TO REQUIRE LABELING OF FOOD AND MILK PRODUCTS SOLD IN THIS 2
    STATE THAT ARE OR THAT CONTAIN GENETICALLY MODIFIED FOOD AND 3 OR MILK
    AND MILK PRODUCTS FROM ANIMALS THAT HAVE RECEIVED 4 RECOMBINANT BOVINE
    GROWTH HORMONE (RBGH). 5
    Whereas, there is insufficient longitudinal data about the long-term
    consequences to 6 human and animal health of ingesting genetically
    modified food; and 7
    Whereas, there is insufficient longitudinal data about the long-term
    consequences to 8 human and animal health of ingesting milk or milk
    products from animals that have received 9 recombinant bovine growth
    hormone (rBGH), despite the fact that the FDA has determined that 10
    there is no significant difference between milk from cows treated with
    recombinant bovine 11 growth hormone (rBGH) and milk from cows that
    have not been so treated; and 12
    Whereas, a federal government agency’s conclusion regarding a
    product’s safety, 13 reached after limited study, is not a guarantee
    of that safety and does not invalidate public 14 concern for unknown
    side effects; and 15
    Whereas, the General Assembly and citizens of North Carolina have
    legitimate 16 concerns about the long-term health consequences of
    ingesting food that has been manipulated 17 through genetic
    engineering; and 18
    Whereas, the General Assembly and citizens of North Carolina have
    legitimate 19 concerns about the impact on human and animal health of
    genetically modified food and milk 20 and milk products from animals
    that have received recombinant bovine growth hormone 21 (rBGH); and 22
    Whereas, these concerns give rise to a substantial governmental
    interest in requiring 23 the labeling of food and milk sold in this
    State that are or that contain genetically modified food 24 and of
    milk or milk products sold in this State from animals that have
    received recombinant 25 bovine growth hormone (rBGH); Now, therefore,
    26
    The General Assembly of North Carolina enacts: 27
    SECTION 1. G.S. 106-121 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 28
    “(8b) The term ‘genetically modified food’ means food the genetic
    structure of 29 which has been modified by direct human manipulation
    in a manner that 30 does not occur under natural conditions, including
    through any of the 31 following genetic engineering methods:
    recombinant DNA and RNA 32 techniques, cell fusion, gene deletion or
    doubling, introduction of exogenous 33 genetic material, alteration of
    the position of a gene, or similar procedure. 34
    General Assembly of North Carolina Session 2011
    Page 2 House Bill 446-First Edition
    The term also includes food that is, or is from, the progeny or
    genetic line of 1 an animal or plant described in the preceding
    sentence.” 2
    SECTION 2. G.S. 106-130 is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 3
    Ҥ 106-130. Foods deemed misbranded. 4
    A food shall be deemed to be misbranded: 5
    … 6
    (16) If it is a genetically modified food, unless the food bears a
    conspicuous label 7 identifying it as a genetically modified food in a
    font at least as large as the 8 font of a label required by
    subdivision (9) of this section.” 9
    SECTION 3. G.S. 106-268(c) is amended by adding a new subdivision to read: 10
    “(c) The term “misbranded” means: 11
    … 12
    (4) If it contains milk from an animal that has been injected with, or
    otherwise 13 received, recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH),
    unless it bears a 14 prominent label containing a statement that the
    product contains milk from 15 an animal that received recombinant
    bovine growth hormone (rBGH).” 16
    SECTION 4. This act becomes effective October 1, 2011.

  7. Just do me a favor and keep writing such tercnanht analyses, OK?

  8. It is imperative to know what you are consuming so we are working hard to help America get back on the same page. Registrar Corp helps companies comply with U.S. FDA’s extensive food labeling requirements by cross referencing your food labeling against thousands of pages within the Code of Federal Regulations as well as the Federal Register, EAFUS Database, GRAS Notices, Guidance Documents, Labeling Guides, and Warning Letters issued by U.S. FDA.

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