Manufacturers Must Prepare For New GMO Labeling Law
by Jessica Plourde Hutter, on December 15, 2016
We're entering the period where manufacturers must prepare for the new GMO labeling law.
The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which President Obama signed in July, will soon require food and beverage manufacturers to identify any genetically-modified organisms used in their products.
Though the process of full implementation will continue through 2018, it's important for the industry to get to work now to ensure that it can comply. Many questions about the details of the regulation remain, including any exemptions to the list of products that will require labels. And yet, the sooner manufacturers get a framework in place, the easier they will find that it is to adjust when clarifying rules are published.
"Manufacturers should seek certificates of analysis from their suppliers and scrutinized existing contracts."
An article on Food Dive suggests that manufacturers act now to start improving ingredient tracking efforts. Specifically, manufacturers should seek certificates of analysis from their suppliers and scrutinized existing contracts to ensure that ingredient supplies are as transparent as possible. Penalties for false labeling may be severe, so it's important to ensure that all suppliers are on the same page going forward.
Better yet, food and beverage manufacturers should set up testing programs so they can take action themselves to ensure that they can verify their ingredients. As firms begin to voluntarily comply with the new regulations, some are outfitting existing testing facilities for these purposes, according to the news source.
Government regulations change with some frequency, depending on the priorities of the administration and the departments whose job it is to carry out laws. This will often mean that more information is required for product labels. An Enterprise Labeling Solution can help firms easily deal with complex labeling requirements with ease, without causing supply bottlenecks and disruptions.
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