December 20, 2018

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GMO labeling & Bioengineered (BE) labeling disclosures released by USDA

JUST RELEASED: The FINAL requirement to label USA foods and supplements with bioengineered (BE) content was announced today.  Labeling products–including imports–with BE content is the government language for declaring “GMO content” by January 1, 2022. The USDA is the regulatory agency and the rules apply to select USDA and FDA-regulated foods and supplements.

This does NOT apply to products CERTIFIED as organic.  These products already must not contain ingredients altered by biotechnology.

Simplistically, the “GMO content” must be declared based on SELECT crops, the DETECTABLE amount of genetic material, AND the biotechnology used to alter the crops.

Knowledge Bank will provide more information but here is the USDA link.

November 19, 2018

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Pacing the halls for details of Bioengineered labeling requirements

Join those who are anxiously pacing the halls because USDA proposed “bioengineered food” or “BE” term could replace “GMO”.  Timing of this “BE” labeling disclosure (requirements) will coincide with the FDA’s compliance date for nutrition facts and supplement facts changes.

December 1, 2018 looms as one of several major announcements for labeling rules in both the food and supplement industries.  That date marks the expected announcement of the USDA’s decision for how and what to label genetically engineered content of foods (and supplements).  This becomes the federal requirement to disclose “GMO” content on a majority of American foods, including those imported to the USA.  It was signed in 2016 as a replacement for the state-by-state requirements (like Vermont’s GMO law).

Watch the federal review progress at the Office of Management & Budget’s dashboard.