In a new report, the Food and Drug Administration outlines the steps the organization has taken to regulate genetically engineered foods, or GE foods. This type of food is differentiated from standard breeding and selection processes by the adoption of biotechnology. The FDA notes that such foods entered our nation’s food supply in the 90s, with soybeans, cotton, and corn quickly becoming the most visible types of GE food. The FDA requires that GE foods adhere to the same standards set forth in regards to any other type of food. Manufacturers are also asked to work with the FDA prior to bringing a GE product to market. At the moment, having a label disclosing the presence of GE ingredients is not required, but the FDA does encourage manufacturers to include such information voluntarily.
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