How Will GMO Regulations Evolve?

by Craig Hodgson, on October 31, 2016

Screen Shot 2016-10-31 at 9.41.38 AM.pngThe debate over GMO labeling may be just beginning.

When President Obama signed into law a bill that would establish a federal standard for the labeling of foods made with genetically modified organisms it may have seemed like the end of a long debate over food safety and transparency. But it may have been just the beginning.

First, questions have arisen over how strict this new law will be. As reported by Fortune, the new rules will not necessarily require food and beverage manufacturers to include explicit labels on their GMO products. Rather, they will be allowed to print QR codes or even 1-800 numbers, requiring consumers to take the extra step in order to learn about what is in their food and drink.

This provision has raised the ire of many interest groups who want to see stronger labeling regulations in place. It is possible that momentum for change will not stop, and that the law will one day be updated to reflect these growing concerns.

There are also questions about how the law will address some of the newest forms of GMO products that are hitting the market. For instance, The Huffington Post reports that non-browning GMO apples and potatoes may soon be in stores, though it is unclear how they will be labeled. As GMO techniques become more advanced and grow more common in the food supply, the rules may be refined even further. 

Government regulations often change, and not necessarily in ways that make things easy on the affected industries. Luckily, an Enterprise Labeling Solution can help firms deal with complex labeling requirements with ease.

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Topics:Food & Beverage