Young is introducing this bill alongside H.R. 394, requiring extra safety measures to prevent genetically modified salmon from escaping their enclosures.
This bill amends Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act, the bill that gave the FDA power to regulate food production in the 30s.
People against genetically modified organisms in their food (GMOs) claim that consuming GMOs can cause a range of health problems including allergies, fertility problem and even infant mortality.
According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, a majority of scientists think that eating GMO foods is safe. The FDA has been saying genetically modified salmon are safe to eat since 2012.
GMO labeling has been mandatory in the European Union since 1997. GMO label requirements have appeared on the ballot at the state level in the U.S., but none have passed. The fall of 2014 saw almost $30 million pour into the state of Oregon in a ballot contest that anti-labeling supporters narrowly won.
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