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AMA House considers resolution from your ISMA delegation
e-Reports, July 11, 2011
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Last September, your delegates to the ISMA House of Delegates voted to take Resolution 10-04 to the AMA House of Delegates. The resolution seeks support for legislation or regulation to require clear labeling of food with genetically engineered ingredients.

Authors of the resolution, Caitilin Kelly, M.D., Monroe/Owen County Medical Society and the 2nd District Medical Society, believe further study of the impact of problems surrounding such foods – and further action – are needed. The ISMA House agreed by voting to adopt the resolution.

“Many questions have been raised about the safety of genetically modified foods – including concerns regarding increased cancer risk, allergies, organ defects and childhood diseases,” said Dr. Kelly of Bloomington. “More studies, including long-term studies, are clearly needed to document their safety.”

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ISMA Past President Stephen Tharp, M.D., introduces an expert on the topic of genetically modified foods. Consumer Reports
ISMA Past President Stephen Tharp, M.D., introduces an expert on the topic of genetically modified foods. Michael K. Hansen, Ph.D., senior staff scientist with Consumers Union, a nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, testifies before AMA Reference Committee E. 

During reference committee hearings at the AMA annual meeting, Michael K. Hansen, Ph.D., senior staff scientist with Consumers Union, a nonprofit publisher of Consumer Reports, provided expert testimony on the topic. He was introduced to members of Reference Committee E by Stephen Tharp, M.D., ISMA past president and AMA delegate.

The AMA House ultimately voted to refer the resolution to the AMA Board of Trustees for study; a report will be provided back to the House. To read the resolution, see here.

To read about other actions taken by the AMA at its annual meeting, see highlights from the meeting.

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