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The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has ruled that it will not require that meat and fish that have been genetically engineered be labeled as such, though the products from these animals will be required to go through a mandatory safety approval process.

Consumers Union immediately decried the decision, saying it “blatantly ignored consumers’ right to choose,” and the result of a recent poll saying that 95 percent of shoppers favor such labeling.

In criticizing the decision, Jean Halloran, Director of Food Policy Initiatives at Consumers Union, said, "This one-minute-to-midnight regulation is a final favor to industry delivered as the current FDA Administrator goes out the door … We hope the new Obama administration will reverse this ill-considered guidance and require labeling of genetically engineered meat and milk products as soon as possible after it takes office next week."

KC's View:
While I don't see this mentioned, I assume that the FDA also would frown on a company saying “not from genetically engineered animals” on packaging.

Because heaven forbid we actually have that kind of transparency.

I understand the issue here, but I continue to believe that this decision is deliberately anti-transparent, and that we as consumers have a right to know as much as possible.