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Doctors: "GMOs Need Pre-Market Safety Testing"

Editor's note: While the OCA supports the American Medical Association's new policy calling for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods, we are disappointed - and confused - by the AMA's refusal to support mandatory GMO labeling. If the AMA believes GMOs may be harmful to our health - and therefore should be tested before they end up on our grocery shelves - how can they think it's OK that currently 75% - 80% of the processed foods in supermarkets contain unlabeled GMOs? Shouldn't consumers have the right to avoid genetically engineered foods until they are proven safe?

The American Medical Association called for mandatory pre-market safety testing of genetically engineered foods as part of a revised policy voted on at the AMA's meeting in Chicago Tuesday.

Currently biotech companies are simply encouraged to engage in a voluntary safety consultation with the Food and Drug Administration before releasing a product onto the market.

Some activists concerned about foods made with genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, had hoped the association would have gone so far as to support mandatory labeling of genetically engineered foods. But some still view the policy change as a major breakthrough.

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