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Bioengineered Food Labeling

By January 1, 2022, all retail foods that are bioengineered (BE) or contain bioengineered ingredients, must be labeled with the labels pictured above. This USDA National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is being enforced by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service.

According to the standard, it states, “Nothing in the disclosure requirements set out in this final rule conveys information about the health, safety, or environmental attributes of BE food as compared to non-BE counterparts. In fact, the regulatory oversight by USDA and other Federal Government agencies ensures that food produced through bioengineering meets all relevant Federal health, safety, and environmental standards.”

This label is a marketing label only. It does not apply to restaurants, other food service establishments, or to very small food manufacturers. It is only for foods that have been modified through in vitro recombinant deoxyribonucleic acid (rDNA) techniques.

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About Karen Blakeslee

The Rapid Response Center was formed in 1995 as a resource for Kansas State University Research & Extension Agents. Resource topics included Food Science, Human Nutrition, Food Service, Textiles, Home Care and other consumer topics. Since that time, the Center has grown to be of valuable assistance to Kansas State University Extension Specialists in those areas.

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