USDA will now allow organic meat, poultry producers to add ‘non-GMO’ claims to labels

Organic meat and poultry producers can now use a streamlined process to get approval for labels verifying that their products do not include genetically engineered (GE) ingredients.  These products may also now use a “Non-GMO” label claim…

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…In a newly-passed law, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act, Congress stated that organic certification is sufficient to make claims about the absence of bioengineered ingredients, such as “non-GMO.”  Also, the Food and Drug Administration recently clarified its policy to accept claims that products do not contain genetically modified ingredients, including “non-GMO” statements…

The new procedure released by the FSIS allows certified organic meat and poultry producers to obtain approval of non-GMO label claims based on their organic certification…

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Non-GMO label claims must be carefully worded so they do not confuse or mislead consumers.  They may make a specific claim regarding the process that was accomplished without the use of GM materials, but they must also add a clear statement that the USDA organic regulations prohibit the use of genetic engineering in the production of organic products.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this blog/article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: New Allowances for Including a “Non-GMO” Statement on Certified Organic Meat and Poultry Products

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