Legislation to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to clearly label all genetically modified foods has been introduced in the U.S. House and Senate.
The Genetically Engineered Food Right-to-Know Act was introduced by California Senator Barbara Boxer and Oregon Representative Peter DeFazio. It would require FDA to label all food products that incorporate ingredients made from genetically modified grains, including animal feeds and pet foods, as well as genetically engineered salmon.
Boxer says Americans have the right to know what is in the food they eat so they can make the best choices for their families. She says the legislation has the support of a broad coalition of consumer groups, businesses, farmers, fishermen and parents who all agree consumers deserve more information about the food they buy.
During 2012 floor consideration of the Senate’s farm bill, there was an attempt to add language allowing states to set their own GMO labeling regulations. That effort failed 76 to 24.