You have a right to know what’s in your food
October 26, 2011
If you didn’t know that the majority of processed foods available in US
grocery stores contain genetically engineered material, we’re not surprised. There are no laws in the US requiring labeling of
genetically engineered (GE) foods.
Yet unlike the strict safety
evaluations for approval of new drugs, there are no mandatory human clinical
trials of genetically engineered crops, no tests for carcinogenicity or harm to
fetuses, no long-term testing for human health risks, no requirement for
long-term testing on animals, and limited testing for allergenicity. There have
been no epidemiological studies of the possible impacts of the consumption of
GE crops on health.
The safety of GE crops for human consumption has not been adequately assessed. Several
National Academy of Sciences studies have affirmed that genetically engineered
crops have the potential to introduce new toxins or allergens into our food and
environment. Moreover, scientists recently found that the insecticide in GE
corn is now showing up in our bloodstream and the umbilical cord blood of
Meanwhile, the majority of the livestock Americans
consume have been raised on genetically engineered grains.
We’ve joined an effort with hundreds of organizations called
the “Just Label It” campaign. It supports a petition to the FDA that calls for disclosing genetically engineered food ingredients on food labels .
Many other countries, including Japan, Australia, the
European Union, and even China already require labeling of genetically
A legal petition (Docket #
FDA-2011-P-0723-0001/CP) has been filed with the Food and Drug Administration
(FDA) calling on the FDA to label genetically engineered (GE) foods. Now is our
opportunity to be heard.
Let’s flood the FDA with comments so they know
that the public wants labeling of GE foods!
Please copy the sample letter below and then click "Take Action" to submit it to the FDA.
Dear Commissioner Hamburg,
I am writing to urge the FDA to require the mandatory
labeling of genetically engineered foods. I have a right to know about the food
I eat and what I feed my family.
In America, we pride ourselves on having choices and making
informed decisions. Under current FDA regulations, we don't have that choice
when it comes to GE ingredients in the foods we purchase and feed our families.
Labeling is essential for me to choose whether or not I want to consume or feed
my family genetically engineered foods.
Genetically engineered foods are required to be labeled in
the 15 European Union nations, Russia, Japan, China, Australia, New Zealand,
and many other countries around the world. As an American, I firmly believe I
should also have the right to know if my foods have been genetically
I have health concerns about GE food. There have been no epidemiological studies
of the possible impacts of the consumption of GE crops on health. The National
Academy of Sciences has acknowledged the potential of GE foods to introduce new
toxins or allergens into our environment.
Moreover, 93% of Americans want the federal government to
require mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods.
Please show your support for the interests of the American
people by labeling genetically engineered foods.
Please note: You will be asked to fill in identifying
information that will be publicly visible in the FDA docket. For
"Organization Name," type in your own name. For "Submitter's
Representative," type in your own name. For "Category," select
Health Professional or Individual Consumer. Thank you for taking action!
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