reply to post by Kali74
Heres a reply to a letter from a letter i sent to my senator,
Dear Mr. D:
Thank you for contacting me to express your support for the Genetically Modified Food Right to Know Act. I agree that food safety laws should be
able to respond to the possible consequences of genetically engineered foods, particularly those that contain antibiotic-resistant genes, viral
promoters and foreign proteins never before consumed by humans.
Agriculture is being transformed by rapid advances in technology, and techniques to enhance the genetic makeup of agricultural plants and animals
are constantly evolving. Producers are interested in the application of new technologies to improve productivity, consistency, and quality; to
introduce new food, fiber, and medical products; and to protect the environment.
The Institute of Medicine and the National Research Council produced a report assessing the food safety risks of consuming genetically engineered
food. The report concluded that unexpected and unintended compositional changes arise with all forms of plant and animal genetic modification, but
found that, so far, no genetically engineering related adverse human health effects have been documented. However, the report's authors cited
"sizeable gaps" in the ability to identify compositional changes caused by all forms of genetic modification—whether genetically engineered or
conventional—and their relevance for human health, and they recommended new approaches for assessing the safety of new foods both before and after
they enter the market.
The U.S. food supply is among the safest in the world due to the hard work of government regulatory agencies and the precautions taken by the
food industry. Our country’s track record of success does not mean, however, that now is a time to rest on our laurels. We must be vigilant in
addressing food safety issues as they come, and I will continue to work with my colleagues in the Senate to protect consumers from potentially harmful
As you know, the Genetically Modified Food Right to Know Act, H.R. 6636, was introduced to the House of Representatives in the 110th Congress.
This bill would require food producers to label products that contain genetically modified organic material. Additionally, the bill would require the
government to test food products at various points in the production and delivery process to determine if a food is in fact properly labeled.
Although this bill has not yet been introduced to the current Congress, I will closely monitor this legislation when it is.
Again, thank you for contacting me about this important issue. Please do not hesitate to contact me if I can ever be of assistance to you on this
or any other matter.
Charles E. Schumer
United States Senator