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What are genetically modified foods (GMOs)? Are they safe?

What are GMOs?

Genetically modified foods (sometimes called genetically modified organisms or GMOs) are foods that are changed by altering or adding genes in plants. Crops can be genetically modified to add taste and nutrition and make them easier to grow.

Are GMOs safe?

Health Canada inspects new genetically modified foods before they’re approved for sale in stores. A GMO product is only approved when all of Health Canada’s safety standards are met. Once they’re released on the market, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency monitors them for safety.

GMOs and cancer

Some people are concerned that genetically modified foods cause cancer, but there’s no reliable evidence to support this claim.