Organic Consumers Association

Tell the FDA: No Watered-Down, Voluntary Federal GMO Labeling Rules!

The food industry has drafted a bill intended to preempt state mandatory GMO labeling laws by substituting a weak, watered-down federal “solution” that would limit the U.S. Food & Drug Administration’s ability to require mandatory labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food ingredients.

Tell the FDA: U.S. Consumers Want Mandatory GMO Labeling Laws, Not Watered-Down, Voluntary Rules!

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA), which represents more than 300 food manufacturers and trade groups, and companies like Coca-Cola, Pepsi, General Mills, Nestle, Unilever and others, spent millions of dollars to defeat GMO labeling initiatives in California and Washington State.  

Now, fearful that states like Vermont, Oregon, Colorado and others will pass mandatory GMO legislation, similar to laws passed last year in Connecticut and Maine, Big Food wants to cut a deal with Congress and the FDA. A deal that will provide no meaningful protection for consumers, and hand industry yet another free pass to poison and pollute.

As part of the food industry’s plan, the FDA would finalize its 2001 voluntary guidance for GMO labeling and rule against mandatory labeling laws at both the state and federal levels.

The GMA’s bill also calls for the FDA to allow the use of the word “natural” on products that contain GMOs. On January 6, the FDA rejected a court request to define the word “natural,” claiming it would be a long and complicated process, and that the agency has more pressing issues. The move could be a sign that the FDA will cave to the food industry’s demands to allow GMO foods to be called natural.

More than 60 countries have banned GMOs, or require mandatory labeling of foods that contain GMOs. Yet here in the U.S., consumers are denied this same basic protection.

Consumers have been clear. More than 90 percent of us want mandatory GMO labeling laws. No voluntary schemes. No watered-down regulations. No compromises.

The FDA made the wrong decision in 1992 when it ruled that genetically engineered foods were “substantially equivalent” to non GE foods. It’s time for the FDA to protect consumers, not corporations.


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Number Date Name Location
155865 1 hour ago Sharon Thiel Warwick, RI
155864 1 hour ago Carol Townhill Mentor, OH
155863 3 hours ago Marlene Earl Orange, CA
155862 4 hours ago Helen Goldenberg Tamarac, FL
155861 4 hours ago edwina hilner Watsontown, PA
155860 6 hours ago Kathleen Katrenick MCKEESPORT, PA
155859 7 hours ago jane malick-nugent Ashland, MA
155858 8 hours ago Holger Tressin Okolona, KY
155857 9 hours ago Anonymous Grover Beach, CA
155856 9 hours ago Alexis de Falla San Luis Obispo, CA
155855 10 hours ago Pat Cole Asheville, NC
155854 11 hours ago Lillian Brejda Oklahoma City, OK
155853 11 hours ago Joan Davis New York, NY
155852 12 hours ago Rachel Stipano West Glens Falls, NY
155851 12 hours ago Holly Hall Wimberley, TX
155850 12 hours ago John Abney Texarkana, TX
155849 14 hours ago Michael Meibers Culebra, PR
155848 14 hours ago peter cote Nanaimo, BC
155847 15 hours ago Michele Checchia Encinitas, CA
155846 16 hours ago Lorna Paisley East Dubuque, IL
155845 16 hours ago Mary Jorgensen Aledo, TX
155844 17 hours ago Deborah Ahlers Windsor, CO
155843 17 hours ago Julia Dashe oakland, Oakland
155842 17 hours ago Anonymous Erie, PA
155841 17 hours ago Anya Tarasova GA
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