The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation takes issue with Non-GMO Project’s safety assertions. The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation has filed a citizen petition with the Food and Drug Administration that seeks to prohibit the term “non-GMO” on consumer foods and goods. The petition said such claims, particularly the butterfly logo from the Non-GMO Project, are “false or misleading” in that they imply non-bioengineered/non-GMO products are healthier than bioengineered/GMO products. The Non-GMO Project butterfly campaign deceives consumers through false and misleading claims about foods, food ingredients, and their health and safety characteristics. The campaign constitutes misbranding under the law, and the FDA should act in the best interest of consumers and protect them against the confusion spread by these false claims. The petition cites the National Academy of Sciences in stating that the fact that something has been genetically engineered/bioengineered/genetically modified/mutated, either in the lab or in nature, tells one nothing about the safety of the resulting product.
Lightbulb Moment: There is nothing to argue here. The FDA instills labeling when there is a safety or health issue at its heart. GMO represents neither so to have a “no GMO” label – it unjustly vilifies GM products. Want to know more about GMOs? That’s where Culinary Tides, Inc. comes in.