GMO Implications for Labels & New FDA Nutrition Guidelines
The State of Vermont passed a law that goes into effect on July 1st of this year (with a grace period to 1/1/2017) requiring specific wording on labels if Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO's) are contained in the product.
The law specifically states that any food product sold into Vermont with GMO content needs to use specific wording on its label, such as, "Produced with Genetic Engineering" or "May Contain GMO's". The law also warns against using variations on the phrase "All Natural" on the label, arguing that genetic engineering does not naturally occur in Nature.
Although only Vermont requires GMO content to be called out on the product label, eleven other states have passed various GMO-related laws. Some call for the federal government to create a national set of guidelines to avoid a patchwork of different state laws. Others simply state that GMO should be managed using "sound science" regardless of labeling considerations. With over 100 laws introduced at the State level, it is clear the debate is far from over. This law is presently being challenged in court by the Grocery Manufacturers Association.
For more details on State laws in process, click here.
Please let us know if we can be of any assistance as you prepare to comply with current GMO labeling regulations.
In addition, the FDA launched new "Nutrition Fact" Guidelines effective 5/20/16. For more details click here.