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USDA girds for battle over GMO labeling rules

| | July 21, 2016
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Over the next two years, the Department of Agriculture will be the new battleground in the GMO-labeling war as it implements the nationwide labeling requirements. Every organization from the Grocery Manufacturers Association to the Environmental Working Group is now homing its sights on the department, looking to influence its decisions on what the symbol on the package denoting GMO ingredients should look like, the amount of genetically engineered contents a product must contain to trigger that and . . . and other related regulations.

USDA is preparing for the onslaught.

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. . . Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack — who has been deeply involved in the debate — will need to move quickly to get the rulemaking well underway before the next administration takes over or risk losing its specific vision, all while waiting for the probably inevitable lawsuit from industry or interest groups . . .

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“In anticipation of action by Congress and signature by the president, a working group has already been established to begin the important work of crafting rules to properly and promptly implement the new law,” a USDA spokeswoman said after the vote.

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