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July 3, 2019
New GMO Food Labeling Standards
The USDA has announced a new standard for GMO labeling, titled the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Standard. This national mandatory standard serves to require disclosure of whether or not foods have been genetically modified, or "bioengineered".
Bioengineered foods through this standard are defined as "those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques and cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature."*
Food manufacturers, importers, and certain retailers alike are required to ensure bioengineered (genetically modified) foods are properly disclosed. Disclosure options include "text, symbol, electronic or digital link, and/or text message."*
The implementation date of the standard is January 1, 2020 with mandatory compliance set for January 1, 2022.
For more information regarding the National Bioengineering Food Disclosure Standard, or to determine if you are affected, please visit the USDA's website: https://www.ams.usda.gov/rules-regulations/be
*Quoted directly from the USDA Website
Requirements for Declaring Added Sugar On The Nutrition Fact Label of Certain Products Have Been UPDATED
The FDA has issued a final guidance on the labeling of added sugars for single-ingredient packages of pure honey, maple syrup and other single ingredient sugars and syrups.
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