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US should follow Canada in cracking down on non-GMO label when no GMO version exists

| | September 6, 2016

. . . [M]ore and more companies are slapping non-GMO labels onto products for which there is no GMO equivalent crop.

And that’s a big problem.

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[F]or consumers who aren’t as familiar with agriculture and biotechnology, the presence of non-GMO labels on every product under the sun creates confusion and breeds fear. . . .

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Unlike the United States, Canada does not have mandatory GMO labeling. The country does, however, have regulations governing food labels and advertising claims pertaining to the use or non-use of genetic engineering. . . .

Included in the standards is the prohibition of claiming that a product . . . is not made with genetic engineering if there are no genetically engineered ingredients available for sale. . . .

. . . . [A] law like this could go a long way toward reducing fear and confusion in the grocery store, and establishing integrity in the food labeling system.

. . . .If the non-GMO labels for products that are non-GMO by default aren’t misleading, I’m not sure what is. . . .Adopting a law similar to Canada’s . . . could go a long way toward protecting consumers from false implications and higher prices.

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4 thoughts on “US should follow Canada in cracking down on non-GMO label when no GMO version exists”

  1. I agree, especially with the new “GMO” labeling law coming into effect. If a statement of “GMO-free” is allowed on food packaging it should be narrowly regulated, rigorously tested & verified and strictly enforced. Anyone caught applying deceptive “GMO-free” advertising should promptly be lawed into oblivion.

  2. Since the term “GMO” is pretty much meaningless and does not tell you anything about what is in the product, I don’t see this as a problem. No different from labeling bottled water as “gluten-free”. The only “damage” would be to the organic folks who pushed the anti-GMO agenda in the first place.

  3. It might be the law, but it’s being ignored. Those stickers are slapped on everything from tomatoes, peppers to chickpea. I stopped buying so many products because of it, and if the trend continues, I’m afraid that I would be left without options. Not sure about the rest of the Canada, since I’m from Vancouver, but I assume it’s the same.

    • I live in Victoria and I am seeing my food choices shrinking because of those butterfly labels on things like 100% Shredded Wheat cereal. When there is no GMO wheat grown for market, I’m not going to help pay a company pay for a deceptive and misleading label.

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