US: FDA won't require GMO labeling

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) refuses to consider requiring the labeling of biotech food. This affirms its longstanding policy that there is no legal basis for mandating such disclosure on products that are essentially the same as their conventional versions.

The FDA decision came in denying petitions filed by the Center for Food Safety, an advocacy group that has long fought to stop or restrict the commercialization of agricultural biotechnology, and the Truth in Labeling Coalition.

The FDA action comes as lawmakers are nearing agreement on legislation that would bar states from requiring the labeling of GMO foods while possibly requiring disclosure through smartphone codes and on the Internet. Appropriators say they are open to including the legislation in a fiscal 2016 omnibus spending bill that they are writing.

Read more: AgriPulse

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