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ASTA Applauds Decision to Reject Mandatory Labeling of GMOs

American Seed Trade Association (ASTA) president and CEO Andrew LaVigne applauds the Food and Drug Administration’s decision made last week to reject a petition calling for mandatory labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
“We applaud the FDA’s decision to stand up for science and reject calls for mandatory labeling of GE foods. The FDA has made it clear — as it did in its 1992 policy — that there is insufficient evidence to suggest that foods derived from GE organisms differ from foods derived from non-GE organisms in any meaningful way, or that they present any greater safety concerns,” LaVigne says.
“ASTA continues to support voluntary labeling and the U.S. government’s use of sound science in agriculture policies.”
The petition had been filed by the Center for Food Safety and the Truth in Labeling Coalition, which work to restrict the commercialization of agricultural biotechnology.