OTA convenes Task Force on Organic = Non-GMO

get involvedOTA is continuing its efforts to convene a task force to focus on protecting and promoting organic products as a gold standard of non-GMO choices. The task force is being formed, in part, in response to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) goal to release final guidance for industry in early 2014 on voluntarily making claims indicating whether foods have been produced with or without the use of “bioengineering.” The draft guidance, released in January 2001, explains that consumers do not understand the acronyms “GMO” and “GM,” and prefer label statements referring to bioengineering. The public comment period lasted until March 2001, although the docket has remained open since then. The task force’s mandate is to assist OTA in developing comments to FDA on the common terminology used on existing organic products, and to ensure that organic certification and corresponding organic labels remain the gold standard for non-GMO verification. To learn more, view OTA’s Talking Points on FDA’s Draft Guidance on GMO Labeling. Interested members can contact Gwendolyn Wyard for information on the eligibility criteria for participation. Visit OTA’s News and Views Web page to learn more about OTA’s Position on GMOs.

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