6:43 PM - GMO Food Labeling Bill a Scam to Fool the Public
The U.S. Senate on Thursday approved legislation that would for the first time require food to carry labels listing genetically-modified ingredients, which labeling supporters say could create loopholes for some U.S. crops.
The Senate voted 63-30 for the bill that would display GMO contents with words, pictures or a bar code that can be scanned with smartphones. The U.S. Agriculture Department (USDA) would decide which ingredients would be considered genetically modified.
The measure now goes to the House of Representatives, where it is expected to pass.
Food ingredients like beet sugar and soybean oil, which can be derived from genetically-engineered crops but contain next to no genetic material by the time they are processed, may not fall under the law's definition of a bioengineered food, critics say.
GMO corn may also be excluded thanks to ambiguous language, some said.
Federal GMO Labeling Bill Opens More Loopholes Than It Closes
...the legislation says that the food products that receive these labels must contain genetic material. However, some ingredients and final food products are treated in such a way that they do not ultimately contain any genetic material. Thus, a food producer could use oil made from genetically engineered soy plants, but that ingredient would not trigger the requirement for a GMO label.
“Likewise, starches and purified proteins would not be covered,” notes the FDA memo.
A second potential loophole lies in a clause that limits the use of GMO labels to cover ingredients where the genetic modification “could not otherwise be obtained through conventional breeding or found in nature.” That is, if there’s a chance this sort of change to an ingredient’s genetic material could happen naturally or through old-fashioned breeding, the GMO label is not required.
“It may be difficult to demonstrate that a particular modification could not be obtained through conventional breeding (or even that it could not occur in nature),” cautions the FDA, which raises additional concerns about the lack of detail on what exactly would be considered conventional breeding.
...the bill will allow food producers to use barcodes or website URLs on packaging instead of the simple, one-sentence “Produced With Genetic Engineering” label required by Vermont. [How can anybody do this while shopping? And who will go to so much trouble?]
American Soybean Association joins call for federal GMO labeling solution
[Ask yoursdelf why one of the largest producers of GMO products would favor the GMO bill. Do you really think they have your health in mind?]