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New National Poll: 88% of US Consumers Want Labels on Genetically Engineered Food

November 05, 2002

A new national poll released today indicates that 88.4% of U.S. consumers support mandatory labels on genetically engineered (GE) food and 85.7% support requiring a mandatory government safety testing system before the such foods are marketed to the public.

“This poll gives a clear indication of the American sentiment towards GE food-they want genetically engineered food labeled and safety tested before they end up on grocery store shelves.” said Andrew Kimbrell, Executive Director for the Center for Food Safety. The national polling data released today was compiled by American Viewpoint polling service, headed by Republican pollster Linda DiVall, and was commissioned by the Center for Food Safety.

The polling of registered voters nationwide showed broad support for mandatory labels and a required government safety testing system for GE foods.

Currently, there are no federal laws or regulations requiring the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to safety test or label GE foods. Under the existing FDA policy, producers of GE foods are not even required to come forward and tell the FDA that they are putting a GE food onto the market.

“The question now is, will the government listen to the public and require labels and safety testing or continue to favor the multinational biotechnology companies,” Kimbrell continued.

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