July 29, 2016, President Obama enacted the bill on the labeling of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), officially known as the National Disclosure bioengineered Food Standard (S. 764) . The bill was adopted by the United States Congress on July 14, 2016. The law requires the Department of Agriculture United States (USDA) develop, within two years, a regulation to define clear and enforce the requirements of the bill. The act and regulations will apply both to products manufactured in the country and abroad.
This law creates a mandatory national system under which food manufacturers must disclose data relating to GMOs in various ways: the wording on the packaging, a symbol created by the USDA or an Internet connection (eg code.. QR) allowing consumers to get more information. The law immediately override the labeling initiatives of States, including the law that took effect in Vermont on July 1, 2016. The Attorney General of Vermont issued a statement August 2, 2016 announcing that following the signing national law by the President, Vermont cease to apply its own law on the labeling of GMOs.
The main features of the law:
During the development of regulations, the USDA will, among other things, define the ingredients and reproductive technologies that are subject to the law; determine what constitutes a “small” and “very small” businesses; and set the limit amount of biotechnology equipment that may contain a product before being subject to the disclosure requirements.
The Government of Canada will continue to monitor the development of regulations by the USDA. The potential impact on Canadian exports to the United States will only be known once the draft regulation issued by the USDA. However, the Government of Canada is seeking the views of stakeholders on the law and the potential areas of concern.
We invite you to give your views on the law on the labeling of US GM products through the account firstname.lastname@example.org .
Your views will help guide the Government of Canada as we work with our US counterparts on the regulatory process to ensure that Canadian imports have no additional regulatory burden compared to US products subject to the same regulations.
Your views will help to inform the GoC have we committed with our US Counterparts Regarding the rule making process to Ensure Canadian imports do not-have additional regulatory Burdens in comparison to US products Adhering to le même regulations.