This past July, President Obama signed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, which will soon require food and beverage manufacturers to identify whether their products contain GMOs.
Back in June, we featured an article on this blog about the law as it was still coming together. The new federal rules will supersede any state laws, such as those that Vermont had already adopted. However, many questions still remain about the scope of food and beverage products covered. The U.S. Department of Agriculture will have two years to develop these regulations and exemptions more fully.
"The new federal rules will supersede any state laws."
Meanwhile, Food Dive reports that some manufacturers are already moving to adopt labeling voluntarily. This may be a good idea for many businesses looking to get one step ahead, but there are risks involved. The news source notes that manufacturers need to do a better job of establishing that their supply chains are GMO-free.
Food Dive suggests the following:
- Firms should examine all contracts with ingredient suppliers and establish processes to better track ingredients as they travel through the supply chain.
- They should ensure that if a supplier is dishonest about the source of an ingredient, the product manufacturer will be protected from charges of false labeling.
- Finally, firms should retool their existing testing programs to analyze ingredients for GMO additives.
Food and beverage manufacturers will need quality labeling to meet the requirements of this new law. Durafast offers a number of different printing solutions to help you develop the labels you need to comply with all upcoming government regulations. Contact us today for more information!