On May 9 the Honolulu City Council passed Resolution 12-57 with a majority 7-to-2 vote. Introduced by Honolulu City Councilmember Tulsi Gabbard, the resolution urges the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to require labeling of genetically engineered (GMO) food. “After hearing overwhelming testimony in support, I am pleased that the Honolulu City Council has voted to urge the FDA to mandate labeling of genetically modified foods,” said Gabbard. “This resolution is really about freedom and the consumer’s right to make informed choices. The FDA needs to uphold its responsibilities and make labeling a requirement for all genetically engineered foods.”
Many U.S. Congressional leaders agree with the position taken by Councilmember Gabbard. A recent bipartisan letter sent to FDA Commissioner Margaret Hamburg calling on the agency to require the labeling of genetically engineered foods was signed by 55 members of Congress, including U.S. Senator Dan Akaka.
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