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Judge Refuses To Pass The Buck To FDA, Says Courts Can Decide If GMO Foods Are “Natural”

August 30, 2013: 12:00 AM EST
A New York judge handling a case that seeks to decide whether a snack food company deceived consumers by labeling products containing genetically modified organisms (GMO) as “all natural” has rejected the reasoning and actions of colleagues in similar cases. Judges in lawsuits against Gruma Corp. and General Mills stayed litigation to give the FDA time to come up with a definition of natural as applied to foods. But U.S. District Court Judge Roslynn Mauskopf, ruling in a suit filed against Frito-Lay, said the court system is perfectly capable of deciding the issues in the case. Passing the buck, in effect, to the FDA is “unwarranted”. "The issues of fact in this case are … ‘within the conventional experience of judges’”, she said.
Elaine Watson, "NY judge in Frito-Lay lawsuit refuses to refer GMO/natural issue to FDA: ‘Agency would need far more than six months to define ’natural’", Bakery and Snacks , August 30, 2013, © William Reed Business Media SAS
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