Recommendations Stress Importance of Product Transparency for Consumers
(WASHINGTON, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) today submitted comments to U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) for its development of regulations to implement the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Law.
“Our responses to the questions posted by USDA reflect our commitment to provide consumers with the information they want about their food,” said Pamela G. Bailey, GMA’s president and CEO. “We are also committed to supporting the innovations of agricultural bioengineering that allow farmers to grow more using less land, less energy and fewer pesticides.”
“GMA and its members are firmly committed to product transparency for consumers. We strongly support the mandatory disclosure of refined ingredients derived from bioengineered crops under the federal bioengineered disclosure law,” said Ms. Bailey.
“Consumer interest in bioengineered food reflects their questions about how a crop or ingredient was grown,” continued Bailey. “Our recommendations to USDA call for the National Bioengineering Disclosure Law to provide consumers with a level of product transparency that will allow them to easily determine if a product has been sourced from a bioengineered crop.”
Roughly 90 percent of the U.S. corn, soybean and beet sugar crops are bioengineered. As a result, a substantial number of food and beverage products contain refined ingredients that come from these products. Excluding refined ingredients would result in nearly 80 percent fewer products being disclosed under the federal law.
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.