AMS Issues Final Rule BE Labeling; Narrow Definition of BE and No Disclosure for Highly Refined Foods
Posted: 26 Dec 2018 12:44 PM PST
announced the availability of its long-awaited final rule implementing the national mandatory bioengineered (BE) food disclosure standard (NBFDS). The history of the law and rule was discussed in our post on the proposed rule.On December 20, 2018, the Agricultural Marketing Service
In the proposed rule, AMS requested input on, among other things, the definition of BE (e.g., should it include genetic editing) the definition of BE foods (should it include highly refined foods that contain no DNA), the proposed logo to use on BE foods, other electronic means of disclosure, and a possible threshold below which no disclosure statement would be required. Not surprisingly, AMS received many comments and the final rule is 63 pages long. Some “highlights” include:
Retailers that sell bulk/non-packaged foods are responsible for providing the disclosure and may use any of the four standard disclosure options.
AMS has created a page containing frequently asked questions and a fact sheet. AMS plans to provide additional outreach and education to inform regulated entities and the public about the new disclosure terms.
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