USDA Drafts Proposal on GMOs

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has proposed how companies should alert consumers to the presence of genetically modified (GMO) ingredients in products. One major change is the agency will let companies use “bioengineered food” for GMO because it thinks bioengineered “adequately describes food products of the technology that Congress intended to be within the scope of” the law. – NACS Daily

On May 4, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) issued a proposed rule – the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard – requiring some form of disclosure of biotech ingredients on food packaging. The proposed rule has a 60-day comment period, with a submission deadline of July 3, 2018

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House Agriculture Committee Chairman Introduces Farm Bill

On Thursday, House Agriculture Committee Chairman Conaway (R-TX) introduced the long-awaited Farm Bill that includes reauthorization of SNAP.  FMI has worked with the committee over the past several months on retailer provisions in the bill.  FMI successfully got language included in the base bill that would prohibit state contractors from charging retailers any processing fees.  This would create a permanent fix to the temporary one included in the recently passed omnibus.  In addition to the fees language, FMI was able to get retailer store-level redemption data privacy provisions also included in the bill.  The privacy protections are included in the requirement for the USDA Secretary to gather SNAP sales data and provide a bi-annual aggregated report to Congress on what is being purchased with benefits.

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