What Do You Think of the New GMO Food Labels?

What Do You Think of the New GMO Food Labels?

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The USDA is asking for public comments on the elements of the national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material, which include product labels. (Photo: USDA)

The USDA recently released the proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law. This includes a disclosure standard and labels for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material.

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is tasked with developing this national mandatory system for disclosing the presence of bioengineered material.

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USDA has established a working group to develop a timeline for rulemaking and to ensure an open and transparent process for effectively establishing this new program, which will increase consumer confidence and understanding of the foods they buy and avoid uncertainty for food companies and farmers.

The proposed rule is open for comments through July 3.

Due to the Congressionally mandated timeline for this rulemaking, the comment period will not be extended, so it is important that anyone interested file comments in a timely manner.

Comments may be submitted online or filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC  20250; Fax: (202) 690-0338.