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Tell USDA: Give us clear GMO labeling!

Posted: June 4, 2018


The USDA needs to hear from you. Comments are due July 3.

Submit comments here.

Check out the comments submitted by the National Organic Coalition.

On May 3, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) released its long-awaited proposed regulations for the mandatory labeling of foods produced using genetic engineering (GE).  Unfortunately, USDA's proposal falls far short of what is needed. 

  • The proposed rule once again promotes the use of digital QR codes that require a smart phone and an internet connection. On-package text or an easily understood symbol should be the only acceptable option for food companies.
  • The proposed symbols for on-package labeling option include a smiley face and a sun. The information should inform consumers, not be propaganda for the biotech industry.

  • USDA is also undecided as to whether many processed foods made with GE commodity crops, such as corn, soy, canola, and sugar derived from GE beets, should require labels. Any meaningful standard must include these GE products regardless of how highly refined they are.
  • USDA's proposal fails to specify whether food products made with newer forms of genetic engineering will be covered under the law!USDA must ensure that any foods made with these newer forms of GE are labeled.
The deadline for comments to the USDA is July 3. You can submit your own unique comment via the federal register here.

Alternatively, submit a comment here using the template created by NOC member organization, Center for Food Safety.

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