Sen. Barbara Boxer Introduces GMO Food Labeling Bill.Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-Calif.) introduced legislation (S 2080) to require consumer labels on foods made with GMO GMO
genetically modified organism crops. The bill is similar to legislation already submitted in the House by Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-Ohio). Boxer previewed her legislation by sending every Senate office the results of two polls showing that more than 80 percent of Americans want genetically engineered genetically engineered adjective Recombinant, see there food labeled. "Given the rapid expansion of this largely untested technology, we should provide consumers with the right to know whether they are eating genetically engineered food," Boxer wrote in a "Dear Colleague" letter.
Boxer proposed that that all GMO foods carry the following label: "This product contains a genetically engineered material, or was produced with a genetically engineered material." Boxer said, "Despite the prevalence of genetically engineered food, the effects of its use remain largely unknown because of a lack of studies. So there are two problems: Consumers don't know Don't know (DK, DKed)
"Don't know the trade." A Street expression used whenever one party lacks knowledge of a trade or receives conflicting instructions from the other party. what they are eating, and there are no studies on the subject." She pointed out that U.S. products sold to a host of trading partners including France, the UK, New Zealand and Japan, already require GMO food to be labeled. "If the U.S. wants to sell its genetically engineered food to these countries, they will have to label the food for foreign consumers," Boxer said. "It is only fair that American consumers be given similar information." Boxer says that her bill has a great deal of support among the public.
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n.pr the abbreviation for the Food and Drug Administration. regulatory process. NFPA Executive Vice President Kelly Johnston said he did not believe there would be any action on the labeling issue during the 106th Congress, largely because most members and the leadership "stand behind sound science" when it comes to the issue of GMO crops and foods. The Grocery Manufacturers of America agreed. Mandatory labeling of products developed through biotechnology "would result in consumer confusion, not consumer education," said the food group, which is part of 35 leading trade associations, in a letter to every member of the Senate. The trade groups noted that the products of biotechnology are safe and have cleared regulatory hurdles at FDA, EPA EPA eicosapentaenoic acid.
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While this issue continues to get increased attention on Capitol Hill, congressional sources also give low odds for any mandatory labeling. Still, Kucinich said he believes momentum in Congress for labeling will build as a result of market pressures. Outspoken GMO defender Sen. Kit Bond (R-Mo.) recently told an interviewer with the St. Louis Post-Dispatch The St. Louis Post-Dispatch is the only major city-wide newspaper in St. Louis, Missouri. Although written to serve Greater St. Louis, the Post-Dispatch is one of the largest newspapers in the region, and is available and read as far west as Springfield, Missouri. that he hopes to ensure enough people "understand this issue" so anti-genetic food sentiments can be countered and that he wants to make sure that labeling bills do not advance in Congress. Bond recently sent a "Dear Colleague" letter noting the "incredible scientific consensus regarding the application and regulation of [GMO] technology."