Does FDA's failure to require labeling of genetical engineered fo
od violate RFRA?
VOLOKH at mail.law.ucla.edu
Tue Oct 17 20:08:49 PDT 2000
In Alliance for Bio-Integrity v. Shalala, 2000 WL 1482861 (D.D.C.
Sept. 29), plaintiffs argued, among other things, that the FDA's failure to
require labeling of genetically engineered foods violates the Free Exercise
Clause and RFRA. They asserted that consuming such foods violates their
religion, and "in the absence of labeling they are unable to know whether
the foods they consume are genetically engineered or not." Held: This
doesn't violate the Free Ex Cl, citing Smith, and it doesn't violate RFRA
because there's no substantial burden on the plaintiff's religion, citing
Bowen v. Roy.
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