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USDA To Publish Rules Soon For Two-Year-Old GMO Labeling Law

March 27, 2018: 12:00 AM EST
The USDA is expected to publish a proposed final rule addressing what foods should be considered bioengineered and the amount of GMO content that would trigger a disclosure label. The new rule from the Agricultural Marketing Service would implement the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, enacted in July 2016. Courts around the country have been handling consumer fraud and false advertising lawsuits over the issue of disclosure (or non-disclosure). Plaintiffs say food companies claim their products are “non-GMO” or “GMO-free” but actually do contain genetically engineered ingredients. Defendants, however, say the claims in the lawsuits are preempted by the disclosure law, which also bars states – like Vermont – from creating their own GMO food labeling requirements.  [Image credit: Wikipedia]

 
Kim Bousquet, "New rules coming for GMO food labeling ", Thompson Coburn, March 27, 2018, © Thompson Coburn LLP
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