Labeling of Bioengineered Food and Food Ingredients

06/22/2018 - The U.S. Department of Agriculture recently proposed a draft rule on the labeling of bioengineered food and food ingredients. The new disclosure statements or symbols must be on most products by January 1, 2020 (with small food manufacturers having an additional year to comply), to align with the main compliance date for the new changes to the Nutrition Facts Label. Continuing our work in this area, the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics will submit comments that focus on support for a label that is consistent with the organization's Labeling Principles, which emphasize clarity, consistency and utility to consumers.

The Academy Positions Committee, the Evidence Based Practice Committee and the GMO Task Force followed a systematic process to identify a reputable and complete scientific report on GMOs and the Academy Board of Directors accepted their recommendation to support the National Academy of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine's report as the most reputable and complete scientific report available to guide policy decisions. The report states in part:

"While recognizing the inherent difficulty of detecting subtle or long-term effects in health or the environment, the study committee found no substantiated evidence of a difference in risks to human health between currently commercialized genetically engineered (GE) crops and conventionally bred crops, nor did it find conclusive cause-and-effect evidence of environmental problems from the GE crops."

NASEM's study, developed by experts representing 15 scientific societies, provides an independent, objective examination of what has been learned since the introduction of GE crops, based on current evidence.

NASEM's rich resources and the USDA's materials help guide consumers and provide clarity regarding the safety and scientific evidence surrounding bioengineered foods and food ingredients. Visit both websites for detailed information.