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GMA, EWG spar over labeling GMO foods as natural

The Grocery Manufacturers Association will petition the Food and Drug Administration to allow foods derived from genetically modified ingredients as “natural,” but the Environmental Working Group said FDA should reject the petition.

In reaction to a letter from GMA to the FDA, Scott Faber, the EWG senior vice president for government affairs, said, “FDA should step up enforcement of these misleading claims and reject industry efforts to further confuse consumers by allowing foods labeled ‘natural’ to contain genetically engineered ingredients. FDA should also require mandatory GE labeling on all products that contain genetically engineered ingredients so that consumers can make the best choices for their families.”