FDA Official: GMO Foods ‘As Safe As’ Other Foods

A top official at the Food and Drug Administration assured lawmakers Wednesday the agency has no safety concerns about the increasingly controversial production of genetically engineered foods.

Genetically modified organisms, better known as GMOs, are used by farmers to increase their crop yields. But many concerns have been raised by food safety groups about the dangers of eating foods that were scientifically altered.

Michael Landa, director of the Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition at the FDA, dismissed those claims Wednesday.

“Based on our evaluations, we are confident that the [genetically engineered foods] in the U.S. marketplace today are as safe as their conventional counterparts,” Landa told lawmakers during a House Energy and Commerce subcommittee hearing.

The FDA already regulates the use of GMOs by farmers.