Grocery Manufacturers Association Statement

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Providing consumers with safe products is our number one priority, and we understand that some consumers have questions about genetically modified food ingredients. Genetically modified ingredients are not only safe for people and our planet, but also have a number of important benefits.

Virtually every credible food safety organization and scientific study has found genetically modified food ingredients are safe and there are no negative health effects associated with their use. GMO crops use less water and fewer pesticides, reduce the price of crops by 15-30% and can help us feed a growing global population of seven billion people.

Our nation's food safety and labeling policies should not be determined by political campaigns or state and local legislatures. That is why we are working with Congress on a federal GMO labeling solution that would require a label on foods containing GMO ingredients if the FDA – our nation's foremost food safety authority – determines there is health or safety risk. That approach will eliminate consumer confusion, avoid an unnecessary and confusing 50-state patchwork of GMO labeling laws and provide consumers with confidence in the safety of the food supply.