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Q: Is there any indicator in the bar code number sequence to indicate that GMOs are present in a food? I am worried about my families (and environment) health and safety and am starting to read scientific claims that are showing that GMOs are not safe...
Posted On: Sunday, 8/11/2013 6:41 pm
Answered By: Rod Herman, Science Advisor, Biotechnology Regulatory Sciences Group, Regulatory Science and Government Affairs Department, Dow AgroSciences on Friday, 8/23/2013 6:26 pm
A: Currently, a voluntary system is available for retailers to designate GM and organic produce. This system is similar to the voluntary kosher label to assist consumers in making religious rather than health-related choices. Health related labels are mandatory and required by the U.S. FDA. SKU Produce Look-Ups or PLUs that start with the number 8 designate GM produce, and PLUs that start with the number 9 indicate that the produce is organic. For example, the PLU code for a standard... Continue Reading
Q: Why, when the overwhelming majority of Americans favor labeling of genetically engineered foods, is it not mandatory!? Especially when you claim that GMO's are so wonderful and do no harm, wouldn't you want to promote them with labeling?...
Posted On: Wednesday, 7/31/2013 4:42 pm
Answered By: on Thursday, 8/15/2013 2:56 pm
A: Thanks for your question. Cathy Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information, responded to a similar question which addresses labeling here http://gmoanswers.com/ask/why-did-teh-gmos-spend-40million-stop-lebellin...
Q: Why are Biotech companies spending so much money to stop GMO labeling? In 2007 President Obama clearly said as President he will make GMO labeling a priority because Americans have a right to know what's in their food. Why in the US where the...
Posted On: Monday, 7/29/2013 11:49 am
Answered By: on Thursday, 8/15/2013 2:24 pm
A: Thanks for your question on this important topic. A similar question which addresses labeling has already been answered, to review the response, click here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/regardless-whether-or-not-you-believe-gmos-are... You may also be interested in Professor Neal Van Alfen's assessment of Prop 37, available here: http://gmoanswers.com/ask/why-are-many-founding-members-website-against-...
Q: You have answered, very thoroughly, your reasons for opposing labeling GMO products. You also acknowledge that people have some strong feelings about consuming them. For whatever good or bad reason, some people prefer to avoid them. My question:...
Posted On: Thursday, 8/08/2013 2:34 pm
Answered By: Cathleen Enright, Executive Director of the Council for Biotechnology Information on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 2:35 pm
A: I do. For far too long, we¹ve let peoples¹ questions and concerns about GMOs go unanswered. That negligence has resulted in a lot of the apprehension the public is expressing today. So here we are, late to the conversation, but resolute in our commitment to choice. There are a number of reasons consumers may prefer to purchase non-GMO--Many of those reasons have been expressed on this website, but concern about food safety or health shouldn¹t be one of them. ... Continue Reading
Q: Why did Monsanto threaten the state of CT with a law suit if we passed the labeling bill last year? Have something to hide?
Posted On: Thursday, 8/01/2013 9:23 am
Answered By: Lisa Drake, Lead, State and Local Government Affairs, Monsanto Company on Wednesday, 8/14/2013 1:54 pm
A: Monsanto has not threatened to sue any state over GMO food labeling. This is a myth first propagated by the Organic Consumers Association (OCA) in Vermont during the 2012 Vermont legislative season. Monsanto responded in a blog post, correcting the record and pointing out that the Vermont Attorney General and Vermont Legislative Council, in fact, raised legal constitutionality questions in an Agriculture Committee hearing. The source of the claim is the Organic Consumers Association... Continue Reading