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Friday, 19 April 2019 01:23

New labelling rule paves way for GM salmon to enter US market Featured

The US government issued its long-awaited final rule on genetically engineered foods, which could pave the way for legal sales of genetically altered salmon. The United States Department of Agriculture’s final rule requires food manufacturers, importers, and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about bioengineered (BE) food and BE food ingredients. “This rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods,” the agency said in the final rule.

The new USDA rule became effective on 21st February - 60 days after publication in the Federal Register. Food processors do not have to comply with the new rule immediately, however. The voluntary compliance date ends on 31 December 2021, and the rule becomes mandatory on 1 January 2022.

More information on this rule can be found here: https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2018/12/21/2018-27283/national-bioengineered-food-disclosure-standard

Source: INFOFISH Trade News, ITN 1/2019

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