In 1996 genetically engineered foods were secretly infiltrated into our food supply in the US, without thorough and long-term safety investigations.
In fact, genetically modified foods were given GRAS status, (Generally Recognized As Safe) even though they did not meet ANY of the criteria which is specified for products to meet GRAS status, in the Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act. In other words, despite inadequate safety testing and warnings from FDA’s internal scientists, GMOs were still given GRAS status. To get GRAS status, a product must meet the following criteria:
1) They have gone through scientific, independent, thorough, peer reviewed and long-term testing and scientists are in agreement that the product is safe and/or
2) They are substances that have been around for hundreds of years and known to be safe.
- Under 21 CFR 170.30(b), general recognition of safety through scientific procedures requires the same quantity and quality of scientific evidence as is required to obtain approval of the substance as a food additive and ordinarily is based upon published studies, which may be corroborated by unpublished studies and other data and information.
- Under 21 CFR 170.30(c) and 170.3(f), general recognition of safety through experience based on common use in foods requires a substantial history of consumption for food use by a significant number of consumers.
(The two requirements to meet GRAS status.)
The US Government was advised that GE foods were “substantially equivalent,” yet the EPA determined that GE corn was so FUNDAMENTALLY DIFFERENT, they decided that it must be regulated as a pesticide, and GE corn was given an EPA registration number.
At the same time, the US Patent and Trademark Office agreed to patent GMO seeds, (because the unique characteristics made them a novelty.) This enhanced and protected profitability for the biotech’s GMOs.
Steven M. Druker, J.D., an attorney, sued the FDA for 44,000 sealed documents. These documents were written by internal FDA scientists and revealed concern about the dangers of GMOs. Druker states that allowing these substances into the US food supply was/is illegal, based on these documents and the GRAS status they were given.