Letter to the Editor
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Many Canadians may not be aware that Health Canada is consulting the public right now on how to regulate genetically engineered foods. In fact, the consultation ends on May 25!
It’s really important for people to be aware that Health Canada is proposing changes that would let some new genetically engineered foods onto the market without any government safety checks. In fact, companies would not even have to tell Health Canada that these new GMOs exist.
Many of these unregulated foods would be produced by the new genetic engineering techniques called gene editing. But gene-edited foods need to be carefully assessed by our government, not left to companies to determine safety.
I want mandatory government safety assessments for all genetically engineered foods. I want to know that all genetically engineered foods have been rigorously assessed for safety by Health Canada, including any new gene-edited foods. I don’t trust private companies to properly test for safety. I want independent science.
I also want full transparency. I want to know what genetically engineered foods are on the market and where they are in my grocery store. I am one of the over 80% of Canadians who want mandatory labelling.
I urge people to send their comment to Health Canada if they are concerned.
There is information and analysis posed by the Canadian Biotechnology Action Network at www.cban.ca/NoExemptions
Health Canada’s website is https://www.canada.ca/en/health-canada/programs/consultation-guidance-novel-foods-regulation-plant-breeding.html