Grocery Manufactures Association Pushes Petition to Label GMOs as ‘Natural’

ImageWashington State’s November election results showed a narrow (49%-51%) defeat for the state’s GM labeling initiative, I-522. Opponents poured in their financial contributes eventually outspending the I-522 proponents three to one.
Now, the top financial supporter against Washington’s GM labeling bill, the Grocery Manufactures Association (GMA), is making headlines again.
In an article published by Food Safety News (an organization not affiliated with the Center for Food Safety), the Grocery Manufacturers Association intends to petition the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to allow foods containing GMOs to be labeled as “natural.”
According to the FDA’s website, “From a food science perspective, it is difficult to define a food product that is ‘natural’ because the food has probably been processed and is no longer the product of the earth. That said, FDA has not developed a definition for use of the term natural or its derivatives. However, the agency has not objected to the use of the term if the food does not contain added color, artificial flavors, or synthetic substances.”
These marketing and mislabeling ploys by Big Ag corporations and the GMA create greater confusion for U.S. consumers.
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