Posted on November 17, 2015
Response from Scott Kohne, NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP • December 18, 2015
If your question is referring to the labeling of genetically modified (GM) food products, the current US government guidance is the same for any type of food (organic, conventional or GM) labeling. The FDA Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition recently released its Guidance for Industry: Voluntary Labeling Indicating Whether Foods Have or Have Not Been Derived from Genetically Engineered Plants.
Manufacturers (the group responsible for labeling their food product) often... Read More
Posted on October 21, 2015
Response from Scott Kohne, NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP • November 11, 2015
Today’s food labels include very specific information for the consumer, including the name of the manufacturer, food nutrition information, food safety information, preparation directions and other marketing statements. The reality around labeling is quite simple here in the U.S. There is no conspiracy to keep food safety and nutritional information from consumers.
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has oversight of food labeling information. If there is a food safety... Read More
Posted on October 6, 2015
Response from Scott Kohne, NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP • October 29, 2015
Certification standards are generally developed to provide a certain standard, or often times a competitive advantage, for a product in the marketplace. For this reason, and because it costs money to participate in these certification programs, there will always be an oversight body to manage the certification scope and process of these programs.
If your question is referring to a USDA proposed government certification and labeling program for foods that are free of genetically... Read More
Posted on September 8, 2015
Response from Scott Kohne, NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP • February 5, 2016
Genetically modified (GM) food products and food ingredients have been evaluated and approved for food and feed import globally and consumed for 20 years with no food safety incidents, which supports our confidence in both the safety and nutritional value these foods provide consumers. The real question should be, “What mandatory information needs to be applied to our food and feed labels to ensure the consumer has the material information about the food product itself to make a... Read More
Posted on March 2, 2015
Response from Scott Kohne, NAFTA Market Acceptance Manager, Seeds Unit, Bayer LP • June 19, 2015
As noted in your question, some countries have put in place requirements for GMO labeling on food products sold within that country. Here in the United States, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have authority over food labeling and mandate what information to present on labels for consumers. The FDA uses a science-based standard to evaluate GMO products and then sets the requirements for food product labels that are focused on safety and nutritional information. The FDA has formally... Read More