The Freedom Science Centre, the nonprofit that serves as the science education arm of the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), is facing backlash from a new food safety website.
The site, which allows consumers to track their dog food purchases, includes information about how to keep your dog safe from pathogens.
“The Food Safety Modernization Act of 2016”, which aims to modernize and modernize the nation’s food safety laws, will require dog food makers to label ingredients that are either “genetically engineered” or “manufactured without the use of animal products.”
“Many people are not aware that this new law will require manufacturers to list ingredients that have been genetically engineered or manufactured without the human participation,” wrote the Center for Food Safety’s Sarah Krieger, the organization’s director of public policy.
“These products are often labeled with a misleading ‘No Genetically Engineered’ label and some brands are even not labeled at all,” Krieer said.
“While this new requirement will require companies to label the ingredients in dog food that are not GMO, the vast majority of food sold in the United States is GMO-free.”
The new law does not include a requirement that companies label GMO ingredients in their dog foods, but the Center claims that it would “effectively mandate that dog food labels be GMO-labeled.”
“It is imperative that the U.S. Congress and President take action to end the industry’s unfair and deceptive marketing practices to consumers,” Kreeger said.
The Center for Consumer Freedom (CCF) was founded in 2008 and aims to “make the food industry safer for everyone, by exposing companies to the scientific data and information that show that GMOs are safe.”
The Center’s website, Dog Food Safety Today, contains an interactive map showing the state of the food safety in the US.
It states that “over 99 percent of the ingredients of our dog foods are safe for dogs”.
However, the map does not list the ingredients by ingredient, and it also does not show how many dog food companies use GMO ingredients.
A recent report from the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) shows that over a third of the products sold in US pet food markets were not labeled as “genetic engineered” in 2017.
Kriege said that, as of now, the only food available in the market that was labeled as GMO-containing was “Pork Noodle”, a brand that has been around since the 1980s.
“I think the more people are aware of what the labels mean, the more they will stop buying it,” Krieger said, adding that the public should not have to worry about whether a product is GMO or not.
“For many, the risk of GMO contamination is very low, but it is still a risk that should be monitored and treated with caution.”
Dog food is one of the most important ingredients in most dog diets, according to the Animal Welfare Institute.
“As consumers, we need to know what we are consuming, but more importantly we need the information to make informed choices,” Krieler said in a statement.
“By providing accurate information on GMO ingredients, we are giving consumers an accurate and up-to-date picture of what is in their food.
It is our job to make sure that this information is always available to the public.”
Krieger also said that the Center’s new website would provide more information on the FDA’s food quality standards, but that the new website is not a replacement for the food labels.
“We’re not doing a replacement,” Kreyer said of the website.
“What we’re doing is providing the information consumers need to make their own decisions about how their dog is eating and what they’re consuming.”
A representative from the Center told Al Jazeera that the website will be updated with the latest information, and added that the center is working with other groups to improve its website and content.
“There are so many important and important issues at stake, and this is just a start,” Kreger said in the statement.
The US Senate on Thursday passed legislation that would prevent the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) from revoking the GMO label on food.
The legislation, S. 1224, was authored by Senator Tom Carper, the Democratic leader in the Senate.
It would also prevent the FDA from using any federal funds to revoke a food’s GMO label, except for cases of food safety emergencies or where a food is deemed “not to be safe.”
However, if the FDA decides to revoke the GMO labeling on food, it would have to use a process known as a “procedural review” before taking action.
“With the recent passage of this bill, we’re starting to get some clarity on what the FDA would do in these situations,” said Senator Carper in a press release.
“Unfortunately, I have not seen this information in the law, and I am very concerned about the unintended consequences