This excerpt taken from the YUM DEF 14A filed Mar 30, 2006.
What is the Companys position regarding the request to adopt a policy to identify and label all food products sold by the Company that may contain GE ingredients?
As we discussed in last years proxy statement, the Company is absolutely committed to serving safe, high quality products to its customers. At the Companys restaurants, A&W All-American Food, KFC, Long John Silvers, Pizza Hut and Taco Bell, the customers safety and confidence has always been and will continue to be the highest priority.
The products served at the Companys restaurants are highly regulated by a number of governmental agencies in each country in which we operate. For example, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (the FDA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (the USDA) are charged with monitoring the safety of products served to U.S. consumers and we believe we are in compliance with their rules and regulations. The Company believes it is in compliance with all applicable worldwide regulations. In addition, the Company requires that all of its suppliers comply with such regulations.
Furthermore, the agencies that regulate food sold to U.S. consumers have not found any meaningful safety, health or environmental risks posed by genetically engineered food products grown in the U.S. The Company, nonetheless, has monitored and intends to continue to actively monitor developments in agricultural biotechnology. In addition, the Company has supported, and intends to continue its support of, initiatives of governmental agencies to ensure that food served at the Companys restaurants is safe for consumers.
The FDA also has decided that no special labeling is required for genetically modified foods that are substantially equivalent to their traditional counterparts. As a service to our customers, we provide information to consumers about the presence of major allergens in products served in our U.S. restaurants via our Web site at http://www.yum.com/nutrition/default.asp and upon requests to restaurant managers.