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USDA Approves First GMO-Free Label

June 27, 2013


For the first time ever, the USDA has approved a GMO-free claim for use on meat and liquid egg products. As recently reported by the New York Times, USDA has granted a request advanced by several meat producers to allow products to be labeled as “[coming] from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.” The producer must be able to support the claim through a third-party certification. As explained by USDA spokeswoman Cathy Cochran, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “allows companies to demonstrate on their labels that they meet a third-party certifying organization’s standards, provided that the third-party organization and the company can show that the claims are truthful, accurate and not misleading.” In this case, the third-party certifying organization is the Non-GMO Project, which itself actively supported the USDA approval.  USDA has clarified that the approval did not

Welcome to Digest, Bryan Cave’s Food and Beverage Law Blog

June 25, 2013


On behalf of Bryan Cave’s Food and Beverage Practice Team, I want to welcome you to Digest!  This blog will address current events, ideas and policy in the world of food and beverage production and regulation.  We hope you find it both entertaining and thought-provoking.  If there is a particular issue you would like us to track that you do not see in these pages, or if you would like more information about Bryan Cave’s Food and Beverage Practice Team, please don’t hesitate to contact me.  I can be reached at (314) 259-2317, or bwneuschafer@bryancave.com.