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David B. Schmidt

President & CEO, International Food Information Council (IFIC) Foundation

The Board of Directors of the International Food Information Council (IFIC) in Washington, DC elected David Schmidt as President & CEO effective January 1, 2006. Schmidt also serves as President & CEO of the International Food Information Council Foundation. Previously, he held the positions of executive vice president, vice president and director and has been a frequent speaker on a wide range of food safety and nutrition issues. Prior to joining IFIC in 1993, Schmidt served as the first Bush Administration's director of external affairs for the Food Safety and Inspection Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 3:29 am
A: Absolutely, consumer choice is important. Americans and citizens in many parts of the world have been safely consuming foods produced using biotechnology for nearly 20 years, and there is no credible evidence of any harm from consuming genetically engineered foods anywhere in the world.  The weight of the evidence on this point is overwhelming and has been confirmed by groups including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Department of Agriculture, American Medical Association,... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 9:47 pm
A: Many groups and individuals opposed to the use of biotechnology to produce food have spread misinformation to create fear, which has led to anecdotal reports of the types of claims you describe.  Many studies have tried to replicate the types of  harm described in claims that have fueled such misinformation, but no credible scientific bodies could confirm the alleged harms.  A recent example is an article that The Food and Chemical Toxicology journal retracted in early... Continue Reading


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