Senate pressures Obama Administration on GMO labeling

Published on: Dec 27, 2013
As the fight over labels on foods containing genetically modified ingredients continues, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., says the issue is so pressing that President Barack Obama should skip the congressional process and direct the Food and Drug Administration to require such labels. Feinstein, who is a supporter of proposed labeling legislation in the Senate, says imposing a federal labeling system could be achieved through a simple directive from the president to his FDA.

"Your administration should re-evaluate the Food and Drug Administration's outdated policy that genetically engineered food does not need to disclose this fact on required labels," Feinstein wrote in a letter to the president last week. "It is my view that the FDA does have the authority to require labeling for genetically engineered food products," she added, explaining that the Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act (FD&C) prohibits the misbranding of food articles, which includes if a label is "misleading."