31 Mar '12, 12pm

FDA Disputes GMO Labeling Petition Numbers

FDA Disputes GMO Labeling Petition Numbers

Tuesday, March 27 marked the deadline for the FDA to respond to a petition from the Just Label It campaign to enforce labeling on foods that include genetically modified ingredients, as reported in the Chicago Tribune . The FDA responded by saying they’ve made no decision and they need more time, leaving those with strong opinions waiting on the edge of their seats. Disputed Numbers But even as we wait to hear their decision, contention over the number of petition signatures has left many angered. The way the FDA and the Just Label It campaign count signatures is very different. While Just Label It claims to have gathered over a million signatures, the FDA counts only 394. Here's why: If 20,000 people sign their name to one letter, it’s counted as 1 comment to an FDA docket or petition. In fact, it doesn’t matter how many people sign a letter, it’s still one comment, accor...

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