January 29, 2013 in Letters, Opinion

Labeling food is vital


This month marks the 20th anniversary of nutrition labels on food products. As a person with food sensitivities, I appreciate knowing what is in my food so I can avoid those items that make me sick. I read those labels carefully.

Most processed and packaged food (over 80 percent) made today has genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in it, and evidence is increasing that people can have sensitivities or even allergic reactions to these foods. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration does not test GMO food before it is sold, relying instead on the manufacturers to test for safety. Since I already experience food sensitivities, I would like to know if GMOs are in the food that I buy, so I can decide if they contribute to my reactions.

Washington state will be considering requiring food products to be labeled if they contain GMOs, just like all food products are currently labeled with their ingredients, calories and nutrients. Please support our right to know what is in our food.

Linda Moulder


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