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American Medical Association backs GMOs

Posted: June 21, 2012 |   Comments

CHICAGO -- When it comes to genetically modified foods, the American Medical Association (AMA) has adopted a "trust but verify" policy: the foods SEEM safe, but they still "need to be checked out."

The policy adopted Tuesday at the AMA's House of Delegates meeting states that "although there is no proven risk" to foods coming from plants or animals whose DNA has been tweaked, the association would still like to see such foods go through a mandatory pre-market safety approval process.

This both-sides-of-the-fence position on the issue stemmed from a contentious Sunday debate during a reference committee meeting, at which some AMA members called for mandatory labeling of genetically modified foods, while others maintained there isn't enough science to show such foods pose any risks to human health.

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