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Letter: Safe foods

General Mills, Inc., recently announced that they would remove genetically engineered ingredients from original Cheerios, their popular breakfast cereal. That’s good news for health-conscious consumers and their children. Many parents concerned about GMOs must be relieved.

On the one hand, I applaud this marketing decision by General Mills but on the other hand, I wonder why it was necessary? If GMO foods are as safe as the biotech industry claims then why remove them? Do food manufacturers know something about GMOs that the general public should know?

More and more consumers are realizing that GMO foods are not independently tested for safety. The FDA does not require or conduct safety studies. Market approval of GMO foods is based on biotech research and data alone. This is a clear conflict of interest. Talk about the fox watching the hen house. There have been no long-term or epidemiological studies conducted in the U.S. that examines the safety of humans consuming GMO foods. Claims that GMOs are proven completely safe are misleading. Food companies are not required by the FDA to provide premarket safety testing data.

According to the General Mills website, GMO ingredients are not used in their products sold to the European market. Why do Europeans reject GMO ingredients and what do they know that we don’t? Consumers need to know, GMO foods need to be labeled in Massachusetts.

ED STOCKMAN

Mass. Right To Know GMOs

Plainfield

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