[Editor’s Note: Greg Jaffe is the Biotechnology Director at the Center for Science in the Public Interest.]
On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.
All parties interested in the law’s implementation [should] support regulations that ensure that all disclosures are neutral and not misleading. The information provided to the consumer should not suggest, directly or indirectly, that a food or an ingredient from a GE crop is in any way less safe or less nutritious than the same food or ingredient from a non-GE crop. There is an international scientific consensus that ingredients from existing GE crops are safe to eat and nutritionally identical to their non-GE counterparts. That consensus was recently affirmed in a thorough study conducted by the National Academy of Sciences.
While there are other details that USDA must decide on in its upcoming rulemaking, if USDA ensures that the disclosures required for highly refined products and multi-ingredient foods are factually accurate and not misleading, it will have tackled two controversial parts of the law in a manner that the food industry and consumers should embrace.
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