February 2015 Issue

EN’s GMO Food Guide

If you spoke to shoppers at the supermarket several years ago, many of them would not be familiar with the term “GMO” (genetically modified organism,) a labeling term that is often used to refer to genetically engineered (GE) ingredients. Fast forward several years, and the term GMO has become commonplace. In many cases, it is connected with the ‘Right to Know’ movement associated with labeling ballot initiatives (see box, GMO Labeling Update). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) does not mandate labels for foods containing GE ingredients. In contrast, 64 countries outside the U.S. require mandatory labeling of GE foods. It is estimated that more than 75 percent of foods in supermarkets contain GE ingredients. Consumer Reports found that numerous packaged foods contained GE ingredients, including those labeled “natural.” If you’re concerned about GMOs, here is a guide to identifying GE foods and ingredients in the marketplace.

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