WASHINGTON, DC – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today issued the following statement in response to the American Medical Association’s (AMA) House of Delegates vote in support of the continued use of genetically engineered ingredients in food and beverage products:
We commend the American Medical Association’s House of Delegates for its vote in support of the continued use of genetically engineered (GE) ingredients in the food supply.
Today’s action is in line with the position of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and numerous regulatory and scientific bodies that agree that foods and beverages that contain GE ingredients are safe and materially no different than those foods that do not contain GE ingredients.
Plant and animal biotechnology provides significant benefits to consumers. It has led to improved varieties of corn, soybeans, fruit and other foods that grow faster and are resistant to insects, bacteria and viruses. Some genetically modified foods and beverages contain enhanced nutrition and health benefits.
Because foods and beverages that contain GE ingredients are no different than those that do not, mandatory labeling of foods containing GE ingredients is unnecessary and may actually confuse consumers. Labeling information should be reserved for important food safety and/or nutrition information, such as allergen warnings or front-of-pack nutrition labeling.
The use of GE ingredients in the food supply is based on a wealth of scientific research and evidence, and consumers can rest assured that all stakeholders – food companies, regulatory agencies, medical doctors and the scientific community will continue to ensure the safety of the food supply.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
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