USDA Accepting Comments on GMO Labeling Requirements

USDA is accepting comments on the proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. The standard was mandated by Congress in 2016 to require food manufacturers and other food labeling entities to disclose information about bioengineered foods and bioengineered ingredients.
 
USDA is using the term “bioengineered” for what are commonly known as genetically modified organisms (GMOs). GMOs are banned in organic production. 
 
Comments will be accepted until July 3, 2018 via regulations.gov or by mail to Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington, DC 20250.
 
The proposed rule includes definitions for “bioengineering” and “bioengineered food,” foods subject to the disclosure, exemptions, the disclosure label/symbol, and administrative provisions. 
 
CCOF will submit a comment on the proposed rule. GMOs are prohibited in organic production, and CCOF supports clear labeling of the presence of GMOs on nonorganic products.
 
For more information, please contact befooddisclosure@ams.usda.gov or 202-690-1300. 

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