It’s time to call your members of Congress to ask them to sign a bipartisan letter (opens PDF) being circulated by Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Peter DeFazio that urges the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require the labeling of genetically engineered (GE) food. The letter supports the legal petition filed in October on behalf of more than 400 organizations and businesses to require mandatory labeling. More than 600,000 public comments have already been submitted in support of this petition. Provide your comments now. And then call your members of Congress.
CALL TODAY: Contact your members of Congress by calling the US Capitol switchboard at 202-224-3121 or go to http://www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml.
THE MESSAGE: “Please sign onto the bipartisan “Dear Colleague” letter to FDA being circulated by Senator Barbara Boxer and Congressman Peter DeFazio to require GE labeling.”
BACKGROUND: In October 2011 a formal legal petition was filed with the FDA on behalf of more than 400 organizations and businesses to require the labeling of GE foods. The petition demands that FDA: (1) Issue new regulations requiring labeling of all foods produced using genetic engineering; and (2) issue a new policy redefining a “material” fact as a change in food at the atomic, molecular, or genetic level that a significant share of consumers would find relevant to their purchasing decisions.