NAWG and 35 other ag and food organizations wrote to all members of Congress voicing “strong opposition” to recently-introduced House and Senate bills that would require special labeling of foods containing ingredients derived from biotechnology or genetically engineered plants.

The groups told legislators that there is no scientific basis for mandatory biotech labeling and that to require such labeling would likely confuse, and even unnecessarily alarm, consumers. Biotech crops have been grown in the United States for nearly 20 years and are highly regulated by USDA, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA has long allowed companies to voluntarily market their products as not containing biotech ingredients while maintaining that labels are not required because biotech ingredients are not materially different than ingredients from other sources.

The full letter is available online at http://www.wheatworld.org/wp-content/uploads/biotech-coalition-opposing-labeling-bills-20130508.pdf.

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