Jan 29, 2009 (foodconsumer.org) -- Consumer Union reported
Jan 15, 2009 that the FDA had announced that it would not require labeling on
meat or fish from genetically engineered animals.
The Final Guidance on Regulation of Genetically
Engineered Animals, released just two days before the dissolution of the Bush
administration, states that FDA will require a mandatory safety approval
process, but no labeling will be required.
The consumer Union characterized the FDA action as a last
favor intended for the industry. It said its recent poll found than 95 percent
of consumers support labeling of meat and milk from genetically engineered
"Despite thousands of comments from consumers saying
they want to know if engineered meat or fish is in their supermarket, FDA
claims these foods are not different from conventional food, and therefore
don't need to be labeled," stated Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy
Initiatives at Consumers Union, nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports.
"This flies in the face of consumer opinion and
common sense. These foods should be labeled because they are different--in
FDA's terms the presence of novel genes is a material fact," Halloran
Michael Hansen, PhD, a senior scientist at Consumers
Union indicated that he was concerned about the safety of genetically
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