The Agriculture Department’s efforts to craft rules for implementing a nationwide, mandatory system for labeling genetically modified ingredients is making progress, but USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack said it’s too soon to know how much can be accomplished before the next administration takes office.
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Vilsack said he hopes to “establish a very strong foundation and framework” in the rulemaking process so that the next administration won’t have to deal with the more intricate and difficult decisions in implementing the law . . . .
The USDA has two years to finalize rules implementing the labeling system under that law. . . . it will have to navigate a myriad of challenges, such as avoiding conflicting label regulations by coordinating with the [FDA], defining which kinds of food fall under the scope of the law and allocating limited department resources, analysts say. . .
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Vilsack said the USDA is also examining how to conduct a study—mandated by the labeling law—on the effectiveness of using internet links and QR codes to convey GMO information.
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