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GMO Labeling: The Next Frontier.


 

New OMIC USA Inc. GMO Labeling Service

Issues surrounding genetically-modified (GM) food products are having a polarizing effect on the nation as “the right to know” increasingly affects consumers’ food choices. The controversy has deepened further now that the U.S. Congress is considering legislation that would require GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) labeling.

The term “GMO” refers to any plant or animal species into whose genetic material a gene or group of genes from a different species have been transferred using accepted genetic engineering techniques. It is the deliberate and controlled manipulation of genes in an organism.

Political movements such as California’s Proposition 37 and Washington State’s Initiative 522 would seem to indicate that the prospect of non-GMO legislation of some sort is destined to take effect. Consumer demand for food products that are free of GM ingredients is at an all-time high, and media coverage continues to increase as the debate heats up.


The United States is now at a critical juncture where the outcome of the debate on GM foods will impact not only the nation’s food security and economy but also the global food chain. While the labeling of GM foods is already a legal mandate in most countries, in the U.S. it has been used more as a competitive marketing advantage.

Regardless of where you stand in regards to GMO labeling – even if your position remains neutral as you wait for additional information – you are likely to soon face the choice of accepting or rejecting foods with GM ingredients because the containers that they come in will have new labels identifying them as such, though the products contained within will not have changed. At this time, many manufacturers are developing contingency plans as they await the legislative process. Once it has run its course, regardless of the outcome, we are likely to see changes in the appearance of packages at our local stores and retailers.


But who determines what goes on the label? Who checks to make sure that the label accurately reflects the food product to which it is affixed? Here is where the role of the independent testing laboratory comes into play. As an independent, ISO 17025 accredited analytical laboratory, OMIC USA Inc. advocates testing with precision standards and a common platform that recognizes the interests of all parties involved with a high degree of transparency.

OMIC USA Inc.’s BioAnalytical Laboratory offers unparalleled testing services for all commercial GMO events across each crop species. It has gone the extra mile to attain world-class status by acquiring and maintaining ISO 17025 accreditation, and by maintaining official laboratory status for the governments of Japan and South Korea.

For more information on OMIC USA Inc.’s GMO labeling services, please call (503) 223-1497 or send an email to sales.us@omicusa.com.

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