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Big Food Wants GMO Products Labeled ‘All-Natural’

gmo all-natural label grocery manufacturers [1]Products containing genetically modified (GMO) ingredients [2] would be labelled “natural” under a plan proposed by a food and beverage industry trade association.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association has sent the Food and Drug Administration [3] (FDA) a letter that states it will ask for a regulation [4] that would allow the natural label on foods with genetically modified ingredients. The association represents some of the biggest food manufacturers in the United States.

A copy of the letter was leaked to The New York Times by the Environmental Working Group, an environmental organization. The FDA is reportedly working on voluntary guidelines for the labeling of foods with ingredients created through genetic engineering and biotechnology.

“It’s like they’re trying to get the government to say night is day and black is white,” the Working Group’s vice president, Scott Faber, told The Times. Faber’s organization wants products that contain GMO [5]ingredients to be labelled as such.

Natural food battle heats up

It isn’t clear what action the FDA would take about the association’s request. An association spokesman said that nobody from his group was available for comment because of holiday travel.

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The battle over natural foods and GMO ingredients is heating up and beginning to cost Big Food some big money. News stories indicate that big corporations are facing heat because of their labeling of some products as natural. Recent skirmishes in the GMO battle include:

It looks like the campaign against GMO foods is picking up. The food industry is now so scared of being forced to reveal what’s in its products that it is turning to the FDA for help.

How to protect your family from GMO

The FDA does not require manufacturers to state whether products contain GMO ingredients or not. To make worse, most of the corn [10], soybeans, canola oil, cottonseed oil and sugar beets grown in the United States and Canada are genetically engineered.

Here are a few tips for keeping GMO products out of your family kitchen:

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