Is Sen. Elizabeth Warren Doing Enough For GMO Labeling Movement?

Champion of consumer protection takes a stance, disappoints activists.
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Sep 19, 2013· 0 MIN READ
Shaya Tayefe Mohajer is TakePart's News Editor.

Consumer protection hero Sen. Elizabeth Warren is facing some unusual criticism from advocates who say she’s not being tough enough on GMOS.

The Massachusetts first-term senator wants the Food and Drug Administration to stop dragging its feet and finalize its guidance rule on labeling foods containing genetically modified organisms.

Advocates say that guidance is all but pointless because it doesn't make it mandatory to label GMO foods, according to Politico.

Warren was joined by Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., in sending a letter to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg last month, requesting the national labeling guidance.

The letter also calls for the FDA to implement a “regulatory framework” to standardize labeling policies.

The FDA says they don’t have a timeline for when they’ll have a decision.

Even if the agency had a deadline, Alexis Baden-Meyer of the Organic Consumers Association tells Politico that she doesn’t like the direction the Warren-Udall letter has taken.

“The letter is ambiguous as to what it is asking the FDA to do,” Baden-Meyer said.

Warren’s office declined comment on the Politico story.