AFBF President Bob Stallman released this statement following the FDA’s refusal to consider the labeling of GMO foods:
“The FDA today rejected petitions to the White House for mandatory labeling of GMOs. This is a victory for consumers and farmers alike. This administration has long been a champion for nutrition, and today’s action recognizes how biotechnology is changing the way we grow food—for the better.
“Farmers and ranchers are producing more with fewer resources, without sacrificing nutrition or compromising food quality and safety. The administration sees this, and so does the nation’s leading authority on food safety. Earlier today we also learned that the FDA has placed its stamp of approval on a genetically engineered animal product, AquAdvantage Salmon. This week’s announcement is a milestone for expanding farmers’ and ranchers’ ability to produce nutritious food critical to a healthy diet.
“Thanks to these decisions announced today, consumers will continue to benefit from access to a variety of nutritious foods in the marketplace. Consumers have a right to know what’s in their food, but they should be given the facts – facts grounded in science. New voluntary guidance on labeling from the FDA will help companies provide more helpful information for those consumers looking to make the best choices for their families.”