|OCT. 9, 2002:
Labeling food containing genetically modified
ingredients would cause big problems for food manufacturers,
the federal government has warned Oregon's governor. The
state’s voters have the option to pass Measure 27
on election day that would require labeling of all food
sold in the state.
USA Today reported that the deputy commission of the
Food and Drug Administration claimed that the measure
“would impermissibly interfere with manufacturers’
ability to market their products on a nationwide basis.”
The letter stopped short of promising FDA intervention
if the measure passes.
The EU and Japan already require products with GM ingredients
to be labelled as such. In fact, the EU is currently
tightening up its labelling legislation with the effect
that, from 17 October, any foods with more than 1 percent
GM content must carry GM labelling. If Measure 27 were
passed, Oregon would become the first state to require
labelling of GM foods.
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