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Kate Hall

Manager, Partnerships and Programs, Food and Agriculture Section, Biotechnology Industry Organization

Kate Hall is the Manager for Partnerships and Programs for the Food and Agriculture Section at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). Kate is a liberal arts graduate whose meandering path led her to agriculture and the sciences. And, she loves it. Previously, Kate worked at CropLife America and USAID. She has a master’s degree from the University of Exeter focused on international relations and political theory, and a bachelor’s degree in English literature and Asian studies from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. When not at the office, she’s on the river as a competitive rower with Washington DC’s Capital Rowing Club.

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Posted On: Wednesday, 9/04/2013 1:42 pm
A: I’m going to quibble a little bit with your interpretation of what we’ve said.  As far as I know, we haven’t made any statements indicating that the only reason for a food label is to warn consumers.  There is a lot of information, such as marketing claims, provided on a product package that has nothing to do with safety.  What we have opposed are state labeling initiatives that are meant to disparage products with GMO ingredients.  Supporters... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/20/2013 7:06 pm
A: Depending on where you live and shop, you can see these labels now. There are a number of countries that have mandatory GMO labeling regimes, though not all of these laws are equal. Many of them exempt products or GMO labeling at certain locations, such as restaurants. They have different percentage triggers, meaning some require labels if more than .9% of the content consists of GMO ingredients, while others don’t require a label until the level is above 5%. And, not all of them are equally... Continue Reading
Posted On: Tuesday, 8/06/2013 4:04 pm
A: I would also be very concerned if a known food allergen, like peanuts, was not listed on a package label. This is a legitimate health and safety issue, and the fact is that FDA requires products containing the 8 foods known to cause 90 percent of food allergies to be labeled as such. These 8 foods are: milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, wheat, peanuts, and soybeans.  The only GMO food in this list that is on the market today is soy. So, if a food product contains GMO soy... Continue Reading
Posted On: Monday, 8/05/2013 11:30 pm
A: I have to admit that I’m a little unsure about what you’re asking.  Ingredients and nutritional values are provided on a food label so that individuals can make informed decisions, including about safety, when purchasing a product. If one of those ingredients is a known allergen (a recognized safety hazard), that ingredient is also highlighted in a separate statement on the package. Perhaps you’re making the assumption that the process of genetically engineering a seed... Continue Reading
Posted On: Saturday, 8/03/2013 1:40 pm
A:  Your question highlights some important issues, especially in terms of communicating to different audiences. The most direct answer to the first part of your question is that it’s the farmer who is the customer buying the product from the seed company, and our companies can only label the products that they actually sell.  This doesn’t mean, though, that we are intentionally hiding information from the end food consumer.  While we acknowledge that our industry has not... Continue Reading
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