This Comment argues that the FDA must reconsider its position on the labeling of genetically engineered foods. There is no doubt that genetic engineering of food promises a number of significant benefits to both the consumer and the farmer, and has become a permanent part of the food supply. But recent research points out that these benefits do not come without significant risks, both to the consumer and to the environment. A federal requirement that genetically engineered foods be labeled as such is a necessary step to promote confidence in the American consumer in the face of unease over these very real risks.9 Moreover, in the absence of a federal labeling standard, individual states have the power to impose their own labeling standards. A federal labeling standard is thus necessary to occupy the field and prevent any disruption in the national food marketplace due to a proliferation of differing state labeling standards. Finally, international initiatives for labeling genetically engineered foods are proceeding much more rapidly than are United States national labeling initiatives. A federal labeling standard is required to provide leadership to a global food marketplace that is demanding labeling and remains extremely skeptical of genetically engineered food.'
Reevaluating the Food and Drug Administration's Stand on Labeling Genetically Engineered Foods,
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