Axios | 3 Comments The Food and Drug Administration is preparing to issue a final rule to allow for the use of “sustainable” labels on genetically modified crops, the agency announced Friday.
The rule, known as the Sustainability of Food Labeling, will apply to all genetically engineered food products, including those produced by biotechnology companies that have received FDA approval for the technology.
The rule is expected to be finalized next month.
According to a draft of the rule, “sustainability” means that a food is grown or processed in a way that does not harm the environment, and is produced from practices that reduce greenhouse gas emissions, maintain soil health, or use renewable resources.
“Consumers are increasingly aware of the impacts of the genetically modified organisms they eat,” said the FDA in a statement Friday.
“As part of a growing awareness, many companies are working to reduce the environmental impact of their products.
We are pleased that the FDA is taking the lead in advancing a rule that is consistent with the Food and Drugs Administration’s mission to protect the public health.”
The FDA also announced that it would provide additional incentives for food companies to use “satisfactory” labels.
The agency also plans to create an information portal to help consumers determine whether a product contains genetically modified ingredients, and to create a website that can be used to help people identify products that do not meet the label’s requirements.
The FDA will also create a public information resource that will help people find information on foods that do or do not contain genetically modified food ingredients.
According the FDA, the final rule will help ensure that consumers understand the risks and benefits of their food, and will provide consumers with tools to ensure that they are not consuming products that pose health risks.