The Center for Food Safety said Tuesday it has filed a legal petition with the U.S. Food and Drug Administration seeking mandatory labeling for foods made from genetically engineered crops, a move long opposed by big biotech companies.
"They should label the foods and let consumers know. This carte blanche they've been giving the industry is not acceptable," said Andrew Kimbrell, executive director of the Center for Food Safety (CFS), in an interview.
"There are novel ingredients in the food that have never been there before," he said.
The legal action by CFS requires a formal response from the FDA and is the first step toward ultimately filing a lawsuit against the government agency to try to force labeling, Kimbrell said. CFS, a consumer advocacy organization, has filed several lawsuits against the government in recent years and successfully stymied approvals of some biotech crops.
For more, see: Groups petition FDA to require labeling of GMO food