Karma Allen of CNBC points out that if you want to know if a product is genetically modified – don’t ask the FDA:
Last year $2.4 billion worth of products were sold with a label saying they do not contain ingredients from genetically modified organisms, but the claim wasn’t backed by any government regulatory agency.
Instead, it came from the Non-GMO Project, a nonprofit organization that offers third-party verification that food products are not genetically modified.
Natural food retailers started the Non-GMO Project, according to [Megan] Westgate [Executive Director of the Non-GMO Project].
“They were getting a lot of questions from shoppers about how to avoid GMOs. It became clear that in the absence of mandatory labeling we needed to have a third-party verification system,” she said.
Since 2008 the organization has supplied a verification mark for products that have undergone its review process. More than 500 brands carry the Non-GMO seal.
The process of earning the label is rigorous, and ongoing testing is required for all ingredients that are at high risk of GMO contamination, Westgate said.