“CONFIDENTIAL: Read and Destroy”

Fifteen things Big Food is hiding with its slick PR campaign on GMOs

#1: The agrichemical companies have a history of concealing health risks from the public

If there were something wrong with genetically engineered food, would Monsanto or the other agrichemical companies tell us? If there were health risks, would the companies disclose them? Their history suggests that the answer is: probably not.

The big agrichemical companies have a well-documented record of hiding the truth about the health risks of their products and operations. Let’s review some key moments in that history.

#2: The FDA does not test whether GMOs are safe

In recent testimony before Congress, the FDA stated that it is “confident that the GE foods in the U.S. marketplace today are as safe as their conventional counterparts.

However, FDA does not itself test whether genetically engineered foods are safe. The FDA has repeatedly made this clear. As Jason Dietz, a policy analyst at FDA explains about genetically engineered food: “It’s the manufacturer’s responsibility to insure that the product is safe.” Or, as FDA spokesperson Theresa Eisenman said, “it is the manufacturer’s responsibility to ensure that the [GMO] food products it offers for sale are safe…”

Nor does the FDA require independent pre-market safety testing for genetically engineered food. As a matter of practice, the agrichemical companies submit their own studies to the FDA as part of a voluntary “consultation.” Moreover, the FDA does not require the companies to submit full and complete information about these studies. Rather, as the FDA has testified, “After the studies are completed, a summary of the data and information on the safety and nutritional assessment are provided to the FDA for review.

See, page 11.

Arty turns 11 this summer.