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The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced
last Wednesday in both the Senate and the House of Representatives. The bill,
sponsored by Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) and Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) with nine
cosponsors in the Senate and twenty-two in the House, would require food
manufacturers to clearly label any product that has been genetically engineered
or contains genetically engineered ingredients, or else the product would be
classified as “misbranded” by the FDA.
The new labeling requirement does not apply to food used in restaurants,
or in hospitals or other medical environments. Nor does it apply to food
produced using a GE vaccine or a “processing aid” such as yeast. Food
manufacturers are protected so long as they have a statement from the grower
that the food contains no GMOs. The bill also protects producers whose food was
unintentionally contaminated by GMOs, so long as the contamination did not
occur as a result of negligence. Enforcement would be left up to the FDA rather
than through civil action.
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