CFS Action Fund: Working for Your Right to Know About GMOs in Your Food

Center for Food Safety Action Fund works at the state and federal levels to introduce, support, and defend meaningful labeling of genetically engineered foods. CFS Action Fund believes in a clear and unqualified consumer right-to-know about what is in our food.

If you want to know if your food contains gluten, aspartame, high fructose corn syrup, trans-fats or MSG, you simply read the label. But if you want to know if your food is genetically engineered (GE), you’re going to have a harder time finding out this information.

Why? Because unlike most other developed countries—such as the 15 nations in the European Union, Japan, Australia, Brazil, Russia and China—the U.S. has no laws requiring clear, on-package labeling of GE foods. Yet polls have repeatedly shown that the overwhelming majority of Americans—over 90% in most polls—believe GE foods should be clearly labeled.

In July 2020, Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit in federal court against the Trump Administration’s Department of Agriculture (USDA), challenging USDA’s rules on labeling genetically engineered or GMO foods, which USDA now calls “bioengineered foods.” In October 2020, an amended complaint was filed in the lawsuit, challenging the federal law’s prohibition on states’ labeling of genetically engineered seeds.

How can consumers take action while these lawsuits are pending? Since the federal regulations do not require on-package labeling, large food corporations are not likely going to use a clear text or a symbol label on its products’ packaging to indicate that the product contains GMOs. Instead, you will likely see only a QR code (a square symbol that resembles a bar code) on the packaging that will require you to use a smartphone to interpret. Sign our action alert urging The Coca-Cola Company to label GMOs on the package!

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