Statement from EWG on USDA’s Proposed Rule for Nationwide GMO Disclosures

WASHINGTON – Today the U.S. Department of Agriculture released a proposed rule to implement the mandatory GMO disclosure law passed in 2016. Below is a statement from EWG Senior Vice President for Government Affairs Scott Faber.

Today’s draft GMO disclosure rule is an important milestone. We’re one step closer to having a national mandatory GMO disclosure system. But, the draft rule leaves many fundamental questions unanswered, fails to provide solutions for consumers without smart phones or consumers with lousy cell service, and fails to provide clear rules that ensure that QR codes will consistently scan. Consumers deserve a simple disclosure that covers all genetically engineered foods, including sugars, oils and the products of modern biotechnology. They should not have to fumble with their cell phones or only get half the story.

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