Alliance for Biotech Facts Applauds USDA’s Final Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

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December 20, 2018

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Alliance for Biotech Facts 
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Alliance for Biotech Facts Applauds USDA’s Final Bioengineered Food Disclosure Rule

WASHINGTON, Dec. 20, 2018 – The Alliance for Biotech Facts applauds the U.S. Department Agriculture’s (USDA) issuance of the final rule for the National Bioengineered Disclosure Standard.

“This new rule is a victory for transparency and for educating consumers. It will give Americans more information about what’s in their food, right on their grocery shelves,” said Alliance spokesperson Dan Foster.

As the final rule is implemented, the Alliance believes it is important to keep in mind that Congress passed this rule with the intent of creating a marketing standard. The rule does not reflect any health, safety, or nutrition concerns regarding bioengineering or bioengineered foods.

Bioengineering is a safe and important technology for feeding a growing world. There is no difference in safety or nutritional value between bioengineered crops and comparable conventional or organic crops.

Government agencies and international scientific and regulatory bodies worldwide, including the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, have conducted countless studies that have affirmed the safety of bioengineering and foods from bioengineered crops. This research has been supported by independent commissions, such as the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.

As the plain language of the law specifies, the new rule will require disclosure only when foods contain genetic material introduced through bioengineering. That means it does not apply to pure oils, starches, and sugars because they do not contain genetic material even when produced from bioengineered crops.

Other countries – including Australia, Brazil, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, and South Korea – have recognized the potential problems and confusion created by mandatory labeling of foods made with these products, and implemented similar standards.

In addition, the 5% disclosure threshold in the final rule supports biotechnology, appropriately balances disclosure, market dynamics, and international trade. 

The intent of the government-mandated bioengineered food disclosure standard is to inform, and not mislead, consumers and this final rule achieves this objective.

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The Alliance for Biotech Facts represents tens of thousands of farmers, producers, and food manufacturers who stand to be impacted by the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Our members include the American Farm Bureau Federation, the American Soybean Association, the American Sugarbeet Growers Association, the Corn Refiners Association, and the National Corn Growers Association. The Alliance is committed to ensuring that the scientific consensus on the safety and benefits of bioengineering in agriculture guides the policymaking.

  

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