Tag Archives: GMO

FDA: No Plans to Reopen Nutrition Facts Label Rule

In May 2016, FDA issued final rules to implement changes to the nutrition labeling and serving size regulations. Mandatory compliance with the new nutrition labeling requirements for food products was initially slated for July 26, 2018 (or July 26, 2019 for manufacturers with less than $10 million in annual food sales).  As covered on this blog last … Continue Reading

USDA Continues to Make Progress on GMO Labeling Rules

As previously reported on this blog, a new federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and standards to create mandatory disclosure requirements for bio-engineered foods by July 2018.  Under the new law, food companies would … Continue Reading

Federal GMO Food Disclosure Rules in Limbo

Delays at USDA could jeopardize timely roll out of new federal GMO food disclosure rules (subscription to Food Chemical News required) As previously discussed on this blog, a new federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations … Continue Reading

Oregon Contemplates GMO Ban

While much attention in the area of genetically modified organism (GMO) legislation has previously focused on labeling laws such as Vermont’s labeling law and, more recently, the federal GMO bill signed into law on July 29, 2016, various local jurisdictions have considered or enacted local bans on the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops. Earlier this month, … Continue Reading

Future of Federal GMO Food Disclosure Rules in Limbo

Funding issues could delay the implementation of new federal GMO food disclosure rules (subscription to Food Chemical News required) As previously discussed on this blog, a new federal law requiring labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients was signed into law on July 29, 2016.  This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) … Continue Reading

FDA Requests Comments on Foods Derived from Genome Edited Plants

As our readership is well aware, foods from genetically engineered (GE) plants must meet the same food safety requirements as foods derived from traditionally bred plants under the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.  As a routine premarket step, developers of new plant varieties, including those produced using genome editing, typically consult with FDA regarding … Continue Reading

USDA Publishes Proposed Rule to Revamp Its Biotechnology Regulations

For decades, the United States government has regulated genetically modified organisms (GMOs) under a regulatory framework called the “Coordinated Framework for the Regulation of Biotechnology” (Coordinated Framework).  The Coordinated Framework explains the different roles played by the three major agencies involved in the regulation of GMOs: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) regulates GMOs under … Continue Reading

GMO Labeling Law Update: USDA Appears to Drop Consumer Use Study

Responding to industry complaints, USDA appears to have dropped GMO consumer use study. As previously discussed on this blog, on July 29, President Obama signed S. 764 into law, establishing a federal framework for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients. This law directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to develop regulations and … Continue Reading

USDA Issues RFI to Support Development of New GMO Labeling Law

USDA has issued a request for information (RFI) to inform the design of studies intended to assist the Agency with developing mandatory disclosure requirements for bioengineered foods. As previously discussed on this blog, on July 29, President Obama signed S. 764 into law, establishing a federal framework for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods … Continue Reading

GMA and Vermont Agree to Drop GMO Lawsuit

The food industry, led by the Grocery Manufacturers of America (GMA), and Vermont have agreed to dismiss a federal lawsuit that challenged a state law requiring the labeling of certain foods made with genetically modified organisms. (Subscription to The New York Times required) As previously covered on this blog, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified … Continue Reading

USDA Issues Guidance Greenlighting “Non-GMO” Claims

On the heels of the recently enacted federal GMO labeling law, USDA has released guidance for labeling meat, poultry and egg products as “Non-GMO”.   “Non-GMO” claims — i.e., claims advertising the non-use of genetic modification (GM) in food production — have become increasingly popular and desirable from a marketing standpoint.  Until now, no clear regulatory … Continue Reading

Changing of the Guard

Vermont AG issues memo confirming non-enforcement of GM labeling requirements. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods have been preempted by the recent enactment of federal GM labeling legislation. On August 11, 2016, Vermont’s Attorney General (AG) issued a formal memo stating that the AG’s office will no … Continue Reading

Regulatory Round-up

We return from our hiatus with a wrap-up of recent items of interest: President Obama Signs federal GM labeling bill into law. As anticipated, on July 29, President Obama signed S. 764 into law, establishing a federal framework for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods and food ingredients.  With this action, Vermont’s GM labeling … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Finish Line in Sight

Federal GM labeling compromise awaits presidential signature. In an update on a topic frequently covered in recent weeks on this blog, the Senate compromise bill to establish a federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods gained bipartisan support in the House of Representatives and passed with a 306-117 vote on July 14, … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Hold Hurdled

GMO labeling bill moves forward in the Senate. As previously covered on this blog, on June 23, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced a bipartisan deal that would create a national labeling standard for genetically modified (GM) foods while pre-empting conflicting state laws, such as Vermont’s requirements (which took effect on July 1).  Sen. Bernie Sanders … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Sanders’ Stance

Sen. Bernie Sanders stands in opposition to GM labeling deal. As reported earlier this week, the Senate Agriculture Committee announced a bipartisan deal that would create a national labeling standard for genetically modified (GM) foods while pre-empting conflicting state laws, such as Vermont’s requirements (which take effect this Friday). In an unsurprising move, Sen. Bernie … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: The Deal

Senate reaches bipartisan deal on federal GM labeling standard. As the food industry is well aware, many eyes have been on Congress to determine whether federal legislation addressing the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods could be enacted before the July 1 effective date of Vermont’s GM labeling requirements. On June 23, the Senate Agriculture … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Former Commissioner Concerned

Hamburg worries mandatory GMO labeling could send the wrong message During her tenure as FDA Commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg defended the Agency’s position that it is inappropriate to require labeling of foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients without evidence of material differences between bioengineered foods and their conventional counterparts. On June 6, 2016, Hamburg, who … Continue Reading

GM Labeling: Congressional Confidence

Sen. Roberts expresses confidence that Congress will pass GM labeling bill in June. As previously covered on this blog, Congress has repeatedly failed to agree on legislation to establish a federal standard for the labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods.  In March, many thought a “hybrid” bill modeled on Senator Roberts’ (R-Kansas) voluntary GM labeling bill represented … Continue Reading

Regulatory Update: Meat & Fish

USDA’s new labeling requirements for mechanically tenderized beef take effect. As previously covered on this blog, in 2015, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) issued new labeling requirements for raw or partially cooked beef products that have been mechanically tenderized. Under the new requirements, raw or partially cooked beef products must bear labels stating … Continue Reading

Vermont Enforcement Bulletin

Vermont relaxes enforcement of GM labeling requirements for the first year. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods are set to take effect on July 1 of this year, with a six-month “safe harbor” provision thereafter.  In recent weeks, the Vermont Senate had been considering a legislative amendment to delay … Continue Reading

Vermont Weighs Delay

Vermont weighs potential delay in enforcement of GM labeling law. As the food industry is well aware, Vermont’s labeling requirements for genetically modified (GM) foods are set to take effect on July 1 of this year, with a six-month “safe harbor” provision thereafter. A media report indicates that the Vermont Retail & Grocers Association (VRGA) … Continue Reading

Sued Over Salmon

FDA sued over approval of genetically engineered salmon. In November 2015, FDA issued its first approval for a genetically engineered (GE) animal intended for direct human consumption.  The AquAdvantage Salmon is an Atlantic salmon engineered to grow twice as fast as its natural counterpart.  Since the approval, the GE salmon has been mired in controversy.  A provision in the … Continue Reading

Vermont: Spotlight on the Safe Harbor

Vermont AG issues memo clarifying scope of GM labeling safe harbor and enforcement discretion. As the July 1 effective date for Vermont’s labeling requirement for genetically modified (GM) foods approaches, many companies have had questions about the scope of the law’s 6-month “safe harbor” for foods that do not bear compliant labeling. On March 24, … Continue Reading
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