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South Africa labels their GM foods that contain more than 5% of GM ingredients, because people believe they have the right to know what they are eating. Irregardless of whether GM foods are good or bad for us, if someone chooses not to eat GM food, why should it be difficult for them to find out? A simple "contains GMO" label on food products that contain GM ingredients will allow people to make that decision.

Submitted by: Tim Bagg


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Expert response from Wendelyn Jones

Director of Global Policy and Scientific Affairs, DuPont Pioneer

Monday, 11/05/2015 11:50

We have answered a question previously about why labeling is different in geographies around the world that may help answer your question:

 

“Food packaging, labeling and marketing laws vary greatly by geography and even within geographies.

 

In the United States, all food is labeled in accordance with Food and Drug Administration policy, which is the same for foods derived from biotechnology as it is for conventional foods. When a food product derived from biotechnology differs in composition, nutritional value or end use, that difference must be noted on the label, just as it is with other foods (e.g., margarine versus low-fat margarine). Most foods from biotech crops are not different by FDA standards and therefore not required to be labeled in the United States.”   However, US consumers who are looking to buy foods without GMO ingredients have options in the grocery store today.  They can buy food with USDA’s certified organic label or other voluntary non-GM or GMO-free marketing labels.

 

”The labeling question continues to be debated here in the States, but the important thing to know is that we believe information for consumers is a good thing. That is why we sponsor this forum where consumers can ask their questions directly of us―independent scientists, health professionals, farmers and more.”

 

If this doesn’t address your question, please feel free to ask another.