Just before the July 4th holiday, the USDA quietly posted “30 questions for stakeholder input” on what GMO labeling should look like. This preliminary round of comments are meant to help them develop the GMO labeling rule that will be officially released for public comment this fall.
Right now the USDA, in all likelihood, is seeking input from the food manufacturers who want to see the weakest GMO labeling rule possible, so they can point to those comments when drafting the rule. They are clearly not looking for input from the people who have been demanding GMO labeling transparency for years!
The USDA is asking for comments by July 17th.
Please click here to send a pre-loaded set of comments put together by our friends at the Center for Food Safety. Let’s fill up their inbox at the USDA and make it so that when they post these comments publicly (which they’re supposed to do), that they have to show that we all spoke up, too!
As you may recall, a “compromise” bill on GMO labeling (AKA the D.A.R.K. act) was passed last year. A lot of the specific decisions about what foods would be labeled, and how they would be labeled, were left up to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
There are LOTS of ways that this rule could be written that would render it completely useless as a tool for consumers to avoid GMO foods (that’s the idea). The law includes labeling options other than on-package labeling, such as QR codes and websites. Also, the definition of “bioengineering” that they created for the law could quite possibly exclude most of the GMO ingredients we’ve been working for years to label!
Please take action, spread the word, and stay tuned* for the official comment period later this year.
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By Elaine Watson+, 11-Jul-2017
USDA will publish a draft of its proposed federal GMO labeling rule in the fall of this year (which will be subject to public comment) and says it is “working hard to meet the schedule in order to issue a final rule on the law in July 2018.”