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Report: Mandate Food Process Labels Only if Product is Harmful

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A report by the Council for Agricultural Science and Technology (CAST) published Monday states that “process labels” for food should only be mandated when the product has been scientifically demonstrated to harm human health. Whether voluntary or mandatory, labels such as “Certified Organic,” “Rainforest Alliance Certified,” “rbST free,” “Fair Trade,” and “Free of Genetically Modified… Continue Reading

More Food Safety Issues Popping Up on WTO Committee Agenda

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China, Costa Rica, and the European Union earlier this month put new food safety-related issues on the agenda at the World Trade Organization’s Committee on Sanitary and Phytosanitary (SPS) Measures. China told the SPS Committee that it plans to amend its safety assessment of agricultural genetically modified food and feed, sometimes referred to as biotech… Continue Reading

Bill Banning State GMO-Labeling Laws Moves to House Floor


The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has approved a bill that would put an end to state-level laws regulating the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in food. The bill, H.R. 1599, or the Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act of 2015, would require a national standard for labeling laws related to GMOs — one that did… Continue Reading

Organic Industry Wants Biotechnology Regulated By Process, Not Product


About 40 activist organizations that usually can be counted upon to rally with the organic industry against genetically engineered (GE) plants and animals did just that on Monday. They weighed in with a letter to USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) for the federal regulation of biotechnology products. APHIS has been inviting such comments, even… Continue Reading

USDA Approves Apples Genetically Engineered to Resist Browning


The U.S. Department of Agriculture has decided to approve new types of apples that have been genetically engineered not to brown as quickly after being cut. Okanagan Specialty Fruits Inc., the company that developed the Arctic Granny and Arctic Golden varieties is currently engaging in a voluntary food safety assessment consultation with the Food and Drug Administration… Continue Reading

Lawmakers Reintroduce Bill to Label Genetically Engineered Food


Sens. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) reintroduced legislation Thursday to label genetically engineered (GE) food. The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act would require the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to label GE food and foods containing GE ingredients. “Consumers have a right to know what is in the… Continue Reading

Bills to Label Produce for GMOs and Dairy for rBGH Back in Florida


Two Florida Democrats are again trying to pass bills to label some foods containing genetically modified organisms. Similar efforts died last year in the House and Senate agriculture committees House Bill 351 and its companion, Senate Bill 416, would require 25 raw fruits and vegetables to carry labels if they contain GMOs. Wheat, corn, cotton, papaya, rice, zucchini… Continue Reading

Most Would Accept Nanotechnology, Genetic Modification in Food for Nutrition, Safety


New research suggests that most consumers will accept nanotechnology or genetic modification technology in their food if it will enhance nutrition or improve safety. Researchers at North Carolina State University and the University of Minnesota conducted a nationally representative survey of 1,117 U.S. consumers. It asked about their willingness to purchase genetically modified (GM) food… Continue Reading

German Study Finds GM Crops Good for Farmers and the Environment


The “pro” side in the debate over the benefit of genetically modified foods got a big boost from science this month, with an international study funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Union’s Seventh Framework Program FOODSECURE concluding that GM crops are good for the economy and… Continue Reading

Consumers Union: Labeling GMOs Would Cost Each Consumer $2.30 Annually

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The median cost of labeling genetically modified ingredients on grocery products would equate to an additional $2.30 per consumer each year, according to a new report sponsored by Consumers Union and conducted by ECONorthwest, an economics consulting firm in the Pacific Northwest. Consumers Union is the policy and advocacy branch of Consumer Reports. The organization… Continue Reading