Tag Archives: AMS

USDA AMS Solicits Comments on Draft Instructions for Testing Methods to Confirm the Absence of Detectable Modified Genetic Material

  As previously covered on this blog, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) implements the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (the Standard).  On January 1, 2022, which is the mandatory compliance date for the rule, regulated entities must disclose whether food offered for retail sale is bioengineered (BE) or uses … Continue Reading

FSIS Publishes Updated Guidelines for “Non-GMO” Labeling Claims

On December 30, 2019, USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) published updated labeling guidelines on “Statements That Bioengineered or Genetically Modified Ingredients or Animal Feed Were Not Used in the Production of Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products.” The guidelines, which were originally announced in August 2016, outline the agency’s approach of approving labels containing “not-bioengineered,” “not genetically … Continue Reading

USDA Solicits Comments on Instructions for Validation of Refining Processes for Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) announced today that it is soliciting comments on its draft instructions for validation of refining processes under the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard rule (“the rule”). As previously covered on this blog, the rule was published on December 21, 2018, and requires entities to … Continue Reading

USDA Updates FAQs Regarding BE Labeling

As previously reported on this blog earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) posted Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and responses for manufacturers concerning its bioengineered (BE) food labeling rule (formally known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS)). We pointed out in that blog that the FAQs were not … Continue Reading

USDA Posts FAQ regarding BE Labeling and Promises Future Guidance

The U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has issued an FAQ for manufacturers concerning its bioengineered (BE) food labeling rule (formally known as the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS)).  The final rule was issued in December 2018 and does not come into effect for several years, but questions are being raised by industry regarding … Continue Reading

USDA Announces Changes To The U.S. Beef Grade Standards

USDA quality grades are used by companies to provide information to consumers about meat’s tenderness, juiciness, and flavor and are a key factor in determining the value of beef and live cattle.  Last summer, USDA requested stakeholder feedback on a petition asking to amend standards for beef carcass grades.  That petition requested that the standards … Continue Reading

New Final Rule Strengthens USDA Enforcement of COOL Requirements

Country of Origin Labeling (COOL) requirements at 7 CFR Part 60 and 7 CFR Part 65 require retailers to notify their customers of the country of origin of covered commodities, which include muscle cut and ground lamb, goat, and chicken; wild and farm-raised fish and shellfish; fresh and frozen fruits and vegetables; peanuts, pecans, and macadamia nuts; and … Continue Reading

USDA Proposes Changes to Process Verified Program for Marketing Claims

USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has released a proposed rule which seeks to improve the Agency’s oversight of how companies use the USDA name and Process Verified Shield. USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) administers the USDA Process Verified Program.  Companies with an approved Process Verified Program may develop promotional materials associated with their process verified … Continue Reading

GAP Analysis

USDA launches program to facilitate GAP certification for small and mid-sized entities in the produce sector. Good Agricultural Practices (GAPs) are a voluntary set of recommendations originally developed by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) in 1998.  USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) currently operates an audit/certification … Continue Reading

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