A coalition of nearly 400 US businesses and organizations called on the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in October to require labeling of genetically engineered (GE) foods, which are those that are altered at the molecular level in ways that could not happen naturally.
The Just Label It - We Have a Right to Know campaign submitted a petition on behalf of millions of consumers to the FDA calling for products that use ingredients produced with genetic engineering to disclose this information on the label. By not informing consumers that they are purchasing GE foods, the public is misled into purchasing misbranded foods. Since 1992, the FDA has rejected labeling of GE foods. By contrast, labeling is required in countries including the European Union, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, Korea and Brazil. Pending before the FDA is a decision on whether to approve the first genetically engineered animal—a salmon that grows to maturity twice as fast as normal—and if approved, whether to require labeling on this salmon. A 2010 Thomson Reuters PULSE™ Healthcare Survey, ‘National Survey of Healthcare Consumers: Genetically Engineered Food,’ showed that 93% of Americans believe GE foods should be labeled.