The FDA determines what ingredients are important to health and safety that should be listed on a food label. The process of producing foods using biotechnology itself does not trigger any material disclosures that would be required to be listed. However, the FDA policy already requires that if a biotechnology trait produced a protein not expected to be in a certain food, the presence of that protein must be identified on the label. In that case the specific protein, rather than the process used to produce it, is required to be declared on the label. The acronym “GMO” or “genetically modified organism” does not distinguish a product of biotechnology from a product of conventional agriculture as many of the foods we eat were genetically modified through traditional breeding. This is why FDA considers these terms potentially misleading to consumers.
QIf GMOs are not a concern, then why aren't they listed with the rest of the ingredients of a product?
Question submitted By: VeronicaIf GMOs are not a concern, then why aren't they listed with the rest of the ingredients of a product?
Posted on March 9, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on April 12, 2018
Sun Pacific oranges are not a GM food, in fact all oranges are not a GM crop. Nearly all foods today have been genetically modified or altered in some way over thousands of years through selective breeding. But there are only 10 commercially available GM crops in the U.S: soybeans, corn (field and sweet), canola, cotton, alfalfa, sugar beets, summer squash, papaya, potatoes and apples. Below is a table outlining what year the 10 crops became commercially available: ... Read More
Posted on March 8, 2018
Response from: Jennifer Schmidt, Maryland Farmer and Registered Dietician • on April 4, 2018
That’s a great question because so many people ‘expect’ there to be a difference and taste is purely a subjective assessment. So the answer is – it depends. Examples when the “look” would be different: Golden Rice: his rice has been engineered to be higher in Beta-carotene, using a gene from maize/corn, to help reduce the incidence of Vitamin A deficiency in developing countries whose Vitamin A content in the diet is so low, that results in blindness,... Read More
Posted on February 28, 2018
Response from: Community Manager, Moderator for GMOAnswers.com • on April 3, 2018
On average, GMOs take 13 years and $130 million of research and development before coming to market. We’ve created the below infographic that outlines this process in more detail: The following infographic includes excerpts from more than 600+ safety assessment studies which assess the health and safety of GMOs. You can also read more about the regulatory review and approval process in Wendelyn Jones, Global Regulatory Affairs, DowDuPont Crop Protection’s response to a... Read More