1. Genetically engineered (GE) foods have never been safety tested by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA). A 20-year-old policy that says that it is up to the biotech companies to determine the safety of GE foods. All other developed countries require safety testing for GE plants but the government agency in charge of protecting American citizens lets biotech companies, who stand to make billions in profits from GE foods, conduct their own “voluntary safety consultations.”
2. The FDA has rejected mandatory labeling of GE foods. If the FDA isn’t going to test GE foods for safety, then labelling should be mandatory so that people can easily choose to avoid Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) if they want. Over 60 countries already label GE foods, including all of Europe, Australia, Japan, China and Russia. Canada and the U.S. are the only two industrialized countries yet to provide citizens this information
3. The FDA lets the biotech industry rein free and allows Monsanto employees to revolve in and out of its doors. Michael Taylor, the FDA’s Deputy Commissioner of Food since January 2013 created the policy used to justify no safety testing and no labeling of GMOs. Taylor’s first job was staff attorney for the FDA. He left the FDA in 1981 to work as an attorney in the food and drug practice of King & Spalding, the private law firm representing Monsanto. In 1991, he returned to the FDA, in the newly created post of Deputy Commissioner for Policy. Between 1996 and 2000, after his brief return to King & Spalding, Taylor became Monsanto's vice president for public policy. In 2009, Taylor once again returned to the FDA as senior advisor to the FDA Commissioner and in 2010, President Obama appointed Taylor to yet another newly created post at the FDA: Deputy Commissioner for Foods.
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