Genetically Engineered Food (GMOS): Demanding That FDA Require Mandatory Labeling of GMOs


FDA defended its position in rejecting the mandatory labeling of GMOs ( the voluntary labeling has been in place for 13 years, with no company adheres to it ) by, “that the food contains [genetically engineered] materials does not constitute a material change in the product.” which contradict the basic principal behind the genetically engineered food, which according to the WHO definition: GMOs contains altered genetic material that consider unnatural, stated that, “organisms in which the genetic material (DNA) has been altered in such a way that does not occur naturally.”                                                                     justlabelitinfographic
The American Medical Association AMA supported FDA’s decision, saying , “there is no evidence that genetically modified foods pose any health risks” I think, such statement overlooks the scientific studies stating otherwise, indeed, AAEM, said, “Several animal studies indicate serious health risks associated with GMO food consumption.

On the other hand, having FDA reached the conclusion of “GMO’s are safe” based solely on animal studies as AAAS said, makes it of limited reliability. Being not harmful to animals, doesn’t indicate that it is not harmful to human, indeed, EFSA found that “Animal models are, in general considered not validated and inconclusive for the assessment of the sensitizing potential of a novel protein
Then, how low is the low risk to human health by GMOs? Biotechnology coordinator in FDA, Jim Maryanski, said, “We actually think the risk is very low, based on our discussions with scientists who are expert in the field of food allergy.” Such statement is vague and could be misleading.
While we acknowledge the fact that interests and impacts of mandatory labeling GMOs is complicated; in which manufactures using GMOs ingredients in their products oppose the labeling based on profitability and the fear of losing consumers, and the concerned citizen,  food industry , Just label it campaign , and environmental stakeholders advocate for the policy for mandatory labeling the GMOs aiming to protect human health; we, also, have to recognize the other fact that demanding FDA mandatory labeling GMOs is a matter of consumers’ right to know what in their food, in addition to protection of human health.

At the end, it’s solely the responsibility of FDA to regulate the GMOs labeling and protect human health.                                               


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3 Responses to “Genetically Engineered Food (GMOS): Demanding That FDA Require Mandatory Labeling of GMOs”

  1. devoncharlton2014 Says:

    I was surprised by the large amount of public concern, but not so surprised by the lack of federal or state action. Being from California, produce is a big element of our life, therefore the topic of GM food/plants is frequently discussed. Did you come across a deciding sole reason(s) of why the FDA doesn’t want to appease public outcry nor follow the trend of our international allies? …Perhaps following the money is the best method to obtaining our answer?

    One issue not touched upon is the effect of cross-pollination and contamination of other crops. I realize that this is not the main push in this post, but it is thought provoking. Perhaps, simply the awareness that labeling would arouse may create a larger movement towards preventing crop contamination.

    Here are a couple of interesting related posts:
    NPR news:
    Top Five Myths Of Genetically Modified Seeds, Busted

    Crop contamination:

  2. sawsanjabri Says:

    The FDA decision is based on the scientific researches done by science institutes not controlled by FDA, yet FDA takes them as credible enough to support its position.. on the other hand, FDA decision is based solely on animal studies, which means that it carries problems with extrapolation and errors related to species difference .
    CA is in the process of active recruiting for bill to mandatory label the GMOs,
    Call Congress to support GE food labeling at

  3. ftchiang Says:

    Prior to researching more about this issue, I too was for the labeling of GMOs because I thought that Monsanto and other large food production corporations heavily swayed regulatory organizations like the FDA. An article in the Scientific American ( argues that labels may actually limit consumer choice because greater than 90% of certain crops are genetically modified. Mandatory labeling may also cause the agricultural industry to depreciate or potentially aid nutritional deficiencies in developing countries, such as the promising vitamin A-infused Golden Rice to combat blindness. This argument is not relevant to the US, however, and does not address the issue that some studies have shown increasing food allergies due to environmental toxicants ( This is definitely a controversial topic, but I do agree that some stakeholders are capitalizing on the fact that knowledge is power, and keeping certain knowledge from consumers tips the power in their favor.

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