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Meat Institute Seeks Member Input on Draft Comments Regarding Proposed Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Monday, June 25, 2018

(North American Meat Institute)

The Meat Institute is seeking member insight regarding the Agricultural Marketing Service’s (AMS) proposed rule to establish the National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard mandated by Congress in 2016. The proposed rule would require food manufacturers and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredient content.

The Meat Institute’s comments state the final rule must adhere to the language in the law regarding meat products derived from livestock fed BE feed; specifically, meat or poultry products derived from animals or birds fed a bioengineered crop, or an ingredient directly derived from such a crop, must be exempt from disclosure. Furthermore, the comments contend the disclosure program should be flexible, simple and straightforward.

The Meat Institute is particularly interested in member feedback regarding whether the definition of bioengineering should or should not include highly refined ingredients that do not contain genetic material that has been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (DNA) techniques. The draft comments reflect both sides of the argument, which can be found on pages 2-3.

Member comments are due to Senior Vice President of Regulatory and Scientific Affairs and General Counsel Mark Dopp by COB Wednesday, June 27, 2018. The Meat Institute will submit final comments to AMS July 3, 2018.

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