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Report: Terminology proposed in USDA GMO labeling rule would confuse and mislead consumers

On May 3rd, the USDA released its long-awaited draft of a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, pursuant to a law passed in July 2016. While there are many aspects of the draft that warrant comment (check out our complete list here), one thing that is particularly outrageous is the terminology proposed. Under the proposed rule, it would become illegal to make a GMO disclosure using anything other than these two terms: bioengineered and "BE." In order to help establish just how mislead... Read more

Comment on the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

Background The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) is the culmination of two decades of Americans overwhelmingly demanding mandatory labeling of GMO foods. The draft version published by the USDA on May 3 leaves many questions unanswered and indicates plenty of cause for alarm. The USDA is currently accepting comments through July 3. In order to support you in making your voice heard, the Non-GMO Project has created a short webinar explaining key points for comments, and has... Read more

Whole Foods Market GMO Labeling Policy Update

On May 18th, Whole Foods Market announced an update to its GMO Labeling Policy. Specifically, in light of the USDA’s recently released draft rule on a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard, Whole Foods has paused its September 1, 2018 compliance deadline while remaining firm on its commitment to verification of non-GMO claims. The scope of the retailer’s original policy, announced in March 2013, was a requirement for suppliers of food products to label products that contain ... Read more

USDA Publishes Draft Rule on National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard

May 3, 2018 The USDA today published a draft rule on federal standards for labeling of bioengineered food, as directed by a law passed by Congress in 2016. A 60-day public comment period on the rule begins tomorrow and ends on July 3, 2018. The Non-GMO Project will be coordinating with all of our stakeholders to support engagement in the comment process. Next steps include an informational webinar for brands and retailers, calls to action for the public, and guidance on formal comments... Read more

The Non-GMO Project Standard Revision Public Comment Period is Now Open

About the Non-GMO Project Standard The Non-GMO Project is a nonprofit organization committed to preserving and building sources of non-GMO products, educating consumers, and providing verified non-GMO choices. This important work is largely accomplished through our Product Verification Program, the foundation of North America’s most trusted and meaningful label for GMO avoidance. Consumers trust our label because it is a third-party verification program backed by the most rigorous St... Read more

Dairies East and West See Opportunities with Non-GMO Milk

This article was written by Ken Roseboro, Editor of  The Organic & Non-GMO Report, and was originally published at non-gmoreport.com. It has been re-posted with permission from The Organic & Non-GMO Report. At Trickling Springs Creamery switching to non-GMO milk production has been a long-time company goal, according to Joe Miller, director of marketing and specialty sales. “We thought it was the right thing to do,” he says. “From the beginning, we set requirements for... Read more

Why Get Verified?

As the pioneer and established market leader for GMO avoidance, the Non-GMO Project has set the industry standard for non-GMO verification since the Butterfly first appeared on store shelves in 2010. The Non-GMO Project Verified seal gives shoppers the assurance that a product has completed a comprehensive, third-party verification for compliance with the Non-GMO Project Standard. Whether you want to demonstrate your brand’s commitment to transparency, provide consumers a choice in ... Read more

The Non-GMO Project is Headed to Natural Products Expo West

Natural Products Expo West: March 8-11 in Anaheim, CA If you're attending Natural Products Expo West this March, come say hello to the Non-GMO Project team! Stop by booth # 2557 to catch up on the latest news, learn about getting involved with the Non-GMO Project, and meet our team. You may also enjoy the following events at Expo: GMO Labeling: Regulations & Market Opportunities Saturday, March 10: 11:30 am - 12:30 pm Room: Marriott—Orange County 1 This panel will cover th... Read more

Update on the Arctic® Apple

What is the Arctic® apple? The Arctic® apple is an apple that has been genetically modified to not immediately turn brown when cut or bruised. This modification utilizes a genetic engineering technology known as RNA interference (RNAi), which interferes with the fruit’s natural production of an enzyme that causes browning (i.e., polyphenol oxidase [PPO]), thereby reducing the amount of the enzyme present in the apple. What types of Arctic® apples are available? The first Arctic... Read more