AMA: “No Scientific Justification for Special Labeling of Bioengineered Foods”

Farmer Gene

Concurrent to the 2012 BIO International Convention in Boston, the American Medical Association (AMA) is hosting its 161st annual meeting in Chicago during which the group discussed the issue of mandatory labeling of biotech food products. 

During the AMA meeting, the AMA House of Delegates adopted a formal statement in opposition to the mandatory labeling of genetically engineered, or bioengineered, foods. (Note: the organization did not consider or take a position on the California food labeling ballot measure).  

The AMA formal statement reads, in part: “Our AMA believes that as of June 2012, there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods, as a class, and that voluntary labeling is without value unless it is accompanied by focused consumer education.”

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The AMA policy statement is posted here: https://ssl3.ama-assn.org/apps/ecomm/PolicyFinderForm.pl?site=www.ama-assn.org&uri=%2fresources%2fdoc%2fPolicyFinder%2fpolicyfiles%2fHnE%2fH-480.958.HTM

American Med News on the AMA’s web news site (June 19, 2012)

The Coalition Against the Costly Food Labeling Proposition news release (“American Medical Association Takes Official Position that “there is no scientific justification for special labeling of bioengineered foods,” June 20, 2012)

MedPage Today (“AMA:  Trust but Verify Genetically Modified Foods,” June 19, 2012)

LAW 360 (“AMA Support For Bioengineered Food Will Hurt Labeling Drive,”June 19, 2012)

GMA Commends AMA Action in Support of Continued Use of Genetically Engineered Ingredients, June 20, 2012

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One Response to AMA: “No Scientific Justification for Special Labeling of Bioengineered Foods”

  1. Larry Whetstone says:

    Canadian Food Inspection Agency advises that manufacturers may lable foods at their own discretion . A “Non GMO ” comment on a product lable , is not going to break the bank as is often stated by industry. Don’t forget that GMO Sugarcane sugar is slated for release by Monsanto in 2015. “Clean Sugar “, will be in short supply as there will not be enough Certified Organic Cane Sugar to serve the marketplace. . LW

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