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#1 SpiceyQA

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 07:04 PM

I didn't find this explained in the archives but I doubt this is a new question that hasn't been talked about yet...

 

What is the labeling requirements for the FDA regarding GMO/BE foods? The USDA has guidelines about BE foods that I found but not the FDA.  Are there any? The company I work for does not sell direct to retailers but to restaurants and distributors for restaurants and other food manufacturers. We are not a USDA facility either. What guidelines cover us that I should be aware about? My research isn't showing that I am covered but my customers are starting to ask and I want to get ahead of any and everything that I can.

 

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Posted 12 March 2020 - 07:29 PM

It depends on what kind of bio engineered food it is --

 

https://www.ams.usda...ered-foods-list


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Posted 13 March 2020 - 02:47 PM

Here's an FDA guidance document (it is a PDF file). The FDA's main concern is that labeling of items is not misleading.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...120958/download



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 07:02 PM

Here's an FDA guidance document (it is a PDF file). The FDA's main concern is that labeling of items is not misleading.

 

https://www.fda.gov/...120958/download

Okay the first thing that I see is the phrase "non binding"

Does this mean that it's not mandatory? As in: is it mandatory to declare GMOs in your ingredients?



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Posted 13 March 2020 - 07:17 PM

I would suggest you take a look further because I have been away from the food industry for a year or so. The last information I had said that it was not mandatory to label GMOs. The guidance document also seems to say the same. It describes the labeling as being voluntary. However, there was a brief point in time where Vermont was calling the shots - and companies were required to put GMO/BE labeling on products that required it. If our products ended up in commerce in Vermont, we'd be charged fees per day the product sat in commerce. That then changed because the FDA stepped in and basically overruled the Vermont rulings. I don't think anything has changed since then. Most companies opted to keep the GMO/BE reference on their product even though the Vermont reg was overruled. A lot cheaper to keep it than change it again, and probably anticipated that there would be some new regs that would require something similar anyway.



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Posted 19 March 2020 - 09:31 PM

The bioengineered food (GMO) regulation is under USDA jurisdiction, not FDA. It only applies to specific ingredients and only applies if the genetic modification can be detected. If it can be detected, then there must be a statement that the product contains bioengineered material. There are specific logos and language to use. See the link that SQF Consultant included.







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