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President Signs GMO Labeling Bill

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

(North American Meat Institute)

President Barack Obama signed into law a genetically modified organism (GMO) labeling bill that will preempt state GMO labeling laws and establish a mandatory GMO labeling program within USDA. Both the House and Senate passed the legislation in July.

The bill will require food companies to provide on-package labeling, on-package electronic labeling or a symbol that would be developed by USDA to disclose genetically engineered ingredients. The bill exempts most basic meat and poultry products, such as muscle cuts, ground product and processed product in which the predominant ingredient is meat or poultry. The bill also prohibits meat and dairy products derived from animals that had been fed biotech feed from being considered "bioengineered" solely because the animal consumed bioengineered feed.

The legislation preempts Vermont's GMO labeling law, which took effect July 1.

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