The genetically modified labeling debate is top of mind for agriculture. On Thursday the Food and Drug Administration issued new guidelines for manufacturers and processors on the voluntary labeling of GMO foods including dairy products.
Jim Mulhern President and CEO of National Milk Producers Federation says the organization commends the FDA for releasing recommendations on voluntary food labeling of products made from genetically engineered foods.
“Once again, FDA has confirmed the safety of these products,” he says.
The FDA recently rejected a petition seeking foods made with GE ingredients be labeled which NMPF says is a good sign.
“FDA’s rejection of the petition is a strong reaffirmation of the sound science policy underlying FDA’s approval process,” Mulhern says. “Only products found safe for human or animal use should be approved. And if they are approved as safe, there is no basis for mandatory labeling.”