USDA Crafts Rules For GMO Labeling Law Implementation
by Jessica Plourde Hutter, on September 16, 2016
The federal government effectively put an end to state-level efforts to mandate GMO labeling when President Obama signed labeling legislation in late July. The new law supersedes any existing state GMO labeling laws and requires food and beverage manufacturers to print text labels, symbols or electronics codes on all items that contain genetically modified ingredients, according to The Business Insider.
"The new law supersedes any existing state GMO labeling laws."
But while the signing of this law can feel like the end of a long debate over GMO labeling, it actually signals the beginning of a lengthy implementation process - one that Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack says may take as long as two years and will certainly extend into the next presidential administration. This could pose a challenge for food and beverage companies that wish to comply with the law but are uncertain about the best way to move forward.
The USDA must craft rules that meet the scope of this law without conflicting with any regulations that the FDA already has on the books, according to Bloomberg. It must also reconsider existing regulations to ensure that they still fit in with the new framework, and amend them if they don't. For instance, the USDA will allow producers to label meat and eggs as GMO-free if they were produced using feed that did not contain genetically modified ingredients. Previously, it was much harder to make these claims.
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