USDA Releases Proposed Rule for National GMO Labeling Law

  • On May 8, 2018
  • ASTA, GMO, National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, USDA

On May 3, USDA released for public comment its proposed rule for the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard.  The rule comes in response to legislation passed by Congress in 2016. Under USDA’s proposal, food companies have several options for informing consumers about GMO content. One includes using the words “bioengineered” or “bioengineered food ingredient.” Other options include using a special symbol or a scannable QR code.

As a member of the coalition for Safe and Affordable Food, ASTA supported enactment of a national labeling standard because it prevented a confusing and costly state-by-state patchwork of labeling laws.

ASTA is closely reviewing the language and will provide more information on priority issues as we get closer to the July 3 deadline for comments. Comments may be submitted online through the Federal eRulemaking portal or filed with the Docket Clerk, 1400 Independence Ave., SW, Room 4543-South, Washington DC 20250.