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NPA Calls for National GMO Labeling Standard

March 19, 2013

Natural Products Association joins growing movement, saying consumers have a right to know what’s in their food.

The Natural Products Association (NPA), Washington, D.C., Board of Directors is calling for all foods containing genetically-modified organisms to be accurately labeled under a national uniform standard so consumers can make educated decisions about foods they purchase.

“This is really very simple,” said John Shaw, executive director and CEO, “people have a right to know what’s in their food. A national standard is the best, most cost-effective and least-confusing way to deliver on this commitment for American consumers. To have hundreds of different state and local requirements would be counterproductive and expensive. As the nation’s largest association of the natural products industry, NPA is ready to play a leadership role in this effort.”

Polls show Americans overwhelmingly support GMO labeling. An ABCNews.com survey conducted last summer found that 93% of Americans say the federal government should require labels on food that indicate whether it has been genetically modified or "bio-engineered." At least 22 states are considering legislation requiring GMO labeling for foods.

NPA’s guiding principles were drafted with NPA members under advisement of NPA staff and legal counsel to ensure they will guide the association for years to come. The principles adopted by the board include:

NPA believes consumers have the right to be informed whether genetically modified components are in their foods.

NPA supports and encourages the voluntary labeling on non-GMO foods.

NPA believes that consideration of federal law promoting a uniform standard is warranted to avoid separate standards for GMO labeling at the state level.

NPA opposes a private enforcement provision, which encourages abusive litigation, to impose compliance.

NPA supports the FDA consistently reviewing the concept of bio-equivalency of genetically modified ingredients in light of the most recent scientific studies.

For more information about NPA’s position on GMOs and to read the white paper, click here.

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