The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has recently launched a new website to dispel current myths around genetically modified (GM) foods and equip consumers, policymakers and the media with information on the use of GM food ingredients.

The FactsAboutGMOs website provides links to credible third party sources of information which address common questions on GMOs. It includes contributions from Governmental food safety agencies, medical and health organisations, food safety experts and non-governmental organisations.

GMA President and CEO, Pamela G. Bailey, said the website allows consumers to research and verify the safety, prevalence and benefits of genetically modified food ingredients.

“Genetically modified food ingredients are not only safe for people and our planet, but they have a number of important benefits.

“We know that consumers have questions about genetically modified ingredients. We built this website to help answer their questions about the safety, prevalence and benefits of this important and effective technology,” she said.

Introduced over 20 years ago, GM technology adds desirable traits from nature to food for a variety of reasons, from preservation to crop protection. An estimated 70-80 per cent of the foods in the United States contain ingredients that have been genetically modified. The technology helps keep food affordable and protects the environment as it ensures food requires fewer pesticides, less water - keeping production costs down.

FIA Executive Director, Bev Postma, welcomed the new online platform and said it highlights the priority GMA places on keeping consumers informed and providing accurate, science-based information on key issues.

“In today’s environment, where food and food safety is top of mind, the need for science-based communication on food issues is critical.

“The new GMO website is a good example of how industry can engage in a positive dialogue with consumers and other stakeholders about food safety, so we can make more informed food choices,” she said.

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