This rule establishes the new national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard (NBFDS or Standard). The new Standard requires food manufacturers, importers, and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredients. This rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. Establishment and implementation of the new Standard is required by an amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946.
Although it technically went into effect on Jan. 1, mandatory compliance wonât be in place for another two years, and the USDA will depend on self-reporting for enforcement.
One of the challenges the regulation faces is determining just how foods that may contain GMOs can be exempted from the regulation.
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