August 11, 2016
Authored by: Bryan Cave, Brandon Neuschafer and Merrit Jones
A new federal law will require food makers to disclose when foods contain genetically modified ingredients.
The law, which was recently signed by President Obama, will require such food products to be labeled with text, a symbol, or an electronic code readable by smartphone indicating the presence of GMOs. Small businesses will also have the option to label food products with a telephone number or Internet website directing customers to additional information.
The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has two years to draft regulations concerning which products require such disclosure, and additional details concerning what food makers must do to comply. After the regulations are finalized, food makers will have at least another year before the law takes effect.
Law preempts state and local GMO labeling laws.
The federal law preempts a similar Vermont law, Act 120, that took effect in July, as well as any other state or local