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Senator Puts Pressure On Obama Administration Over GMO Labeling

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As the fight over labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients continues, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says the issue is so pressing that President Obama should skip the Congressional process and direct the FDA to require labels on food


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Kathy B (106)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:14 pm
As the fight over labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients continues, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says the issue is so pressing that President Obama should skip the Congressional process and direct the FDA to require labels on food containing GM ingredients.

Feinstein, who is a supporter of proposed labeling legislation in the Senate, says imposing a federal labeling system could be achieved through a simple directive from the president to his Food and Drug Administration.

"Your administration should re-evaluate the Food and Drug Administration's outdated policy that genetically engineered food does not need to disclose this fact on required labels," Feinstein wrote in a letter submitted to the President last week.

"It is my view that the FDA does have the authority to require labeling for genetically engineered food products," she added, explaining that the Food, Drug, & Cosmetic Act (FD&C) prohibits the misbranding of food articles, which includes if a label is 'misleading.'"

FDA says any label that fails to "reveal facts material" about a food product is misleading, Feinstein pointed out.

Feinstein says even though FDA policy doesn't consider a product's inclusion of GMOs a material fact, she argues that GE foods have "vastly changed," citing the first GE animal, AquaAdvantage Salmon.

"It is also clear that consumer interest in whether their food is genetically engineered has increased dramatically," she said, citing a New York Times poll.

The discussion has gotten intense in some states. Supporters of labeling largely argue that they have the right to know what is used in the production of their food, while opponents say the costs to producers, manufacturers and retailers are too great. In addition, they say, there is little evidence to suggest that GMOs are unsafe to consume.

Yet, it has been the focus of several initiatives in recent years, some that have been more successful than others. In California, for example, a 2012 ballot initiative to label GM foods was narrowly defeated.

More than $44 million was spent to defeat the initiative – Proposition 37 – while $7 million was raised in support, according to MapLight data.

A similar measure was also defeated in Washington, with 45% of voters entering a yes vote and 54% voting no.

However, some states have approved GM labeling measures, though they are subject to several caveats. For example, in Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy signed a law mandating GMO labeling even though four other states – one of which must share a border with Connecticut – have to approve a similar law before it can go into effect.

An additional trigger to the bill's enforcement stipulates that the population of Northeastern states that pass GMO labeling legislation must be at least 20 million people.

jan b (5)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:18 pm
Always comes down to the cost of labeling GM foods....

Rose Becke (141)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 3:52 pm
WE don't want GMOS

Solitary Eagle (324)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 5:22 pm
Good for Sen. Feinstein. When I've asked my (Rep.) senator to pass GMO labeling law, I can't even get a straight answer. He goes off about how good GMOs are when it comes to feeding the planet. Fine, that's his opinion, probably bought and paid for. But I cannot get him to address the labeling issue. We all deserve to know what we are eating!

Victoria Oakey (124)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 5:51 pm
Noted. Thank you for the information.

Timothy S (29)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 6:22 pm
Interesting! The GMA and it's members fear this happening as much as Monsanto!

JL A (281)
Wednesday January 1, 2014, 6:40 pm
Kudos to Di Fi!

penny C (83)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 2:03 am
Its always about the money instead of peoples health.Thanks Kathy.

Jaime Alves (52)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 3:33 am

Dogan Ozkan (5)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 4:13 am
noted stop gmo

Past Member (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 4:57 am
Why don't people just look for the *NON-GMO* labels?? And do the research so that they know how to read the labels on common foodstuffs?
If you're concerned enough just do some research online ~ all the information you need is there for free.
Then again, I guess it's easier if it's done for you.

James Travers (6)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 5:11 am
Been awhile since Dianne Feinstein has done anything I agree with. That's refreshing. If genetically modified foods aren't dangerous Mosanto shouldn't be fighting labeling so hard.
And to Barbara D,, It isn't all that easy to find the ingredients of every consumable product online. Labels on products already contain a list of the substances in them, what's wrong with adding GMOs? Or are you suggesting that none of the chemicals we consume should be listed on labels?

. (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 6:27 am
Good for her! Someone needs to put Obama in his place about GMO'S. Thanks for sharing, Kathy.

Arielle S (313)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 7:10 am
Companies change labels all the time - to use that excuse is nonsense. And yes, more and more companies are saying they are non-GMO but GMO's are hidden in places you would not expect them. Labeling is the only answer - let folks make up their own minds. However, we should keep in mind that the companies that refuse to label are dangerous, unethical, and their methods are inherently unsustainable. I avoid GMOs because I don’t want to subject my body to increased pesticide residues and weird chemicals. I don’t want to support companies that poison farmers and farm workers. I don't want to do anything to help companies that want to take over the world with their products or that refuse to label what they sell.

. (0)
Thursday January 2, 2014, 8:36 am
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