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?
Are there countries which require animal feed to be labeled GMO if the feed contains GMO ingredients e.g. corn or soybean?
Posted on June 19, 2017
Response from: Beat Späth, Director Green Biotechnology, EuropaBio • on October 2, 2017
Yes, the EU is one of the geographies where GM-derived food and animal feed must be labeled according to conditions outlined by the European Commission on this webpage. GM labels are very common on sacks of animal feed. Depending on the type of animal, GM labeled feed is often the standard – except of course when it comes to GM free or organic supply chains. Read More
Ive seen several commercials about a non GMO vitamin brand. How can vitamins be GMO and is this just pandering to people's fears?
Posted on August 18, 2017
Response from: Leah McGrath, RD, LDN, Registered Dietitian Nutritionist • on September 13, 2017
Vitamins can be made from natural or synthetic substances and can also involve the use of bacteria, some of this can be derived from genetically engineered substances. Find more information here. In order for a supplement to be "non-GMO" the manufacturer or brand that uses the vitamins would have to be able to trace multiple aspects of how the vitamins are made. If the supplement manufacturer elects to use "non-GMO" sources and label... Read More
Posted on August 15, 2017
Response from: Karri Hammerstrom, Agricultural Advocate; Grower of Food, Fiber & Kids; Consumer • on August 17, 2017
No! However, poor nutrition coupled with highly processed foods and a lack of education regarding healthy eating is bad for our kids. As a mother and farmer, I believe the best way to keep my family safe and healthy is to make sure they eat a balanced diet and make good food choices daily. Fresh, healthy ingredients and minimally processed foods that are low in sugar, salt, calories and cholesterol provide kids with the best opportunity for a healthy diet. Agricultural biotechnology... Read More