FSIS approves Non-GMO Label for meat

by Editor fleischwirtschaft.com
Tuesday, July 02, 2013

The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service has approved for the first time a third-party certification label that claims a meat product is free of genetically modified organisms.

The Non-GMO Project, a third-party certifying organisation, had asked FSIS in October 2012 for permission to issue a label for food companies stating that the animals used were fed an entirely non-GMO diet. The agency worked with the organisation, the food companies in question, the Food and Drug Administration and the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service to verify the accuracy of the label.

However, this approval does not equate to an official sanction of the non-GMO claims, merely that the product meets the Non-GMO Project's standards for what constitutes GMO-free.

FSIS permits food companies to use third-party certification labels provided the claims are "truthful, accurate and not misleading" and that information is available for consumers to scrutinise the claims.