Resolution 1997.06: Genetically Engineered Foods

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Whereas, genetic engineering involves the precise transfer of specific characteristics or genetic information from one organism to another; and

Whereas, the first food and food ingredients developed through genetic engineering have reached commercialization and more are nearing distribution; and

Whereas, Health Canada is the lead agency in ensuring food safety and has the responsibility for food labeling; therefore, be it

Resolved, that the national council of The Catholic Women's League of Canada, in 77th annual national convention assembled, urge the federal ministers of health and agriculture and agri-food to ensure that all genetically engineered products produced in Canada and imported into Canada:

  • be stringently and independently tested for long-term health and environmental effects before being offered for sale, with continued monitoring following commercialization
  • be so labeled.