Food Safety Magazine

News | April 16, 2013

Genetically Engineered Plants under Scrutiny

By Staff

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently received inquiries about the labeling of foods with ingredients derived from genetically engineered plants.

The Agency recognizes and appreciates the strong interest that many consumers may have in knowing whether a food was produced using genetic engineering, and FDA supports voluntary labeling for food derived from genetic engineering. Currently, food manufacturers may indicate through voluntary labeling whether foods have or have not been developed through genetic engineering provided that such labeling is truthful and not misleading. 

Recently, FDA has received citizen petitions regarding genetically engineered foods, including the labeling of such foods. The agency is currently considering those petitions, and at this time, has not made a decision, in whole or in part, regarding the petitions.

FDA’s role generally is to ensure that foods under its purview meet applicable safety, labeling, and other regulatory requirements. In general, foods derived from genetically engineered plants must meet the same requirements, including safety requirements, as other foods, such as foods derived from traditionally bred plants.