FactCheck: Will processed foods made from GMOs be labeled under new law?

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A controversial GMO labeling bill. . . has raised interesting scientific and regulatory questions: Do foods processed from [GMOs], like refined sugar and soybean oil, contain genetic material? If not, would they be labeled as GMOs?

The law . . . states that foods must “contain genetic material that has been modified” in order to be labeled.

The [FDA] and some opponents of the law have claimed many refined foods would . . . not be subject to labeling because . . . the genetic material has been removed through processing. . .  this isn’t completely true.

The [USDA] and proponents of the legislation. . . have claimed the USDA does have authority to label highly refined oils, sugars and high fructose corn syrup produced from GMOs.

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. . . . [S]cientists have detected modified genetic material in some processed foods . . . Whether or not processed foods contain detectable genetic material depends on the . . . processing and detection methods used.

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. . . [W]e can’t comment on whether. . . certain processed foods will ultimately be exempted by the USDA from requiring a GMO label. . . . Refined sugar doesn’t contain DNA based on current detection methods, but soybean oil, soy lecithin and corn starch do. The genetic contents of high fructose corn syrup remain unclear.

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The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: Do Processed Foods Contain GMOs?

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