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Food Labels Should Contain GMO Warnings, Consumers Group Says

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A consumer group is criticizing the Obama administration for not requiring food manufacturers to notify consumers when they buy products that were made with genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) last month proposed the first overhaul of nutritional labels on food packages in 20 years, but the Organic Consumers Association says the rules do not go far enough to protect consumers from GMOs.

Nutrition labels should also warn consumers when the foods they buy have been produced with genetically modified organisms, the group argues.

"Conspicuously absent from the media hype was any mention of the one label that consumers have been crystal clear about wanting, the label that consumers in nearly 60 other countries have but Americans don't - a label that states whether or not a product contains genetically modified organisms," the Organic Consumers Association wrote.

Michelle Obama has been a big supporter of the food labeling rule, but the groups criticized the first lady for not doing enough to protect consumers from GMOs.

"Changes to nutrition labels are long overdue, and it's great that Mrs. Obama is leading the charge to force food manufacturers to provide more accurate information about their products," Ronnie Cummins, national director of the Organic Consumers Association said in a statement. "But if Mrs. Obama is truly concerned about truth and transparency in labeling, if she really wants to have an impact on the health of our children, she will stand up for consumers, and against industry lobbyists, by insisting that President Obama live up to his campaign promise to label GMOs."

They point to a campaign promise that President Obama made in 2007, when he said, "We'll let folks know if their food has been genetically modified, because Americans should know what they're buying."

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