What the GMO labeling law means for consumers

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[Editor’s note: Gregory Jaffe is the Director of the Project on Biotechnology for the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI).]

On July 29, 2016, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, establishing a nationwide standard for disclosing the presence of foods and ingredients from genetically engineered (GE) crops.

Under the Disclosure Law, a food manufacturer can choose among different options to disclose the presence of foods or ingredients from GE crops. One option is to use text specified by the USDA on the product’s label…. A second option is to include a symbol, which will be developed by the USDA, on the food package….

The third option is disclosure through an electronic or digital link on the package (such as a QR code, bar code, or SmartLabel). The link would take the consumer to a website containing whatever information the USDA requires the manufacturer to disclose.  

The goal of the Disclosure Law is to provide a nationwide standard for food producers to inform customers about the foods and ingredients that come from GE crops. The mandatory disclosures have nothing to do with the safety of those foods or ingredients.

The GLP aggregated and excerpted this article to reflect the diversity of news, opinion and analysis. Read full, original post: The ABCs of GMO Disclosure in the United States

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