Florida Lab Accredited for GMO Testing

In this article for the Bradenton Herald, Janelle O’Dea talks about SRQ Bio’s recent ISO certification to do GMO testing in it’s Sarasota facility. This is news likely to be repeated across the nation as labs come on board with the science required to carry out certified testing. It’s one thing to mandate labeling and testing (89% of Americans favor the mandate, according to the Mellman Group), but quite another to put in place the necessary resources to carry out said tests. I believe it will be important to have these (certified) resources locally throughout the country to expedite testing, especially since some of our trading partners require it as well. SRQ Bio tests human food, pet food, and cosmetics as well.

Ghania Ait-Ghezala, SRQ Bio’s technical director for GMO testing stands in front of SRQ Bio’s GMO-testing lab, which is certified under an international standard to conduct the tests. Janelle O’Dea jodea@bradenton.com
Ghania Ait-Ghezala, SRQ Bio’s technical director for GMO testing stands in front of SRQ Bio’s GMO-testing lab, which is certified under an international standard to conduct the tests. Janelle O’Dea jodea@bradenton.com

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Senators reach deal on labeling

AP writer Mary Clare Jalonick outlines the Senate bipartisan deal to require labeling of GMOs nationally. This action is prompted by several states threatening to enact labeling laws, Vermont being the latest. The law is not as targeted as the Vermont law, however, allowing a ‘text’, ‘symbol’, or electronic label accessed by smartphone.

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Study finds Genetically modified foods safe

GMO food safeThe National Academies of Science, Engineering and Medicine concluded that monkeying with the genetics of our food doesn’t produce the “Frankenfood” that some opponents claim – but on the flip side it isn’t producing substantially increased yields, as promised. The committee examined over 1000 studies before coming to their conclusion.

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