The USDA’s Agriculture Department has approved a new label for meat and liquid egg products that categorically states a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.
The agirculture department which regulates meat and poultry departments has rejected similar labelling attempts in the past and this is the first time that a non-G.M.O. label claim has been approved. The label attests that meat certified by the Non-GMO Project came from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.
The U.S.D.A.’s Food Safety 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,” Cathy Cochran, a U.S.D.A. spokeswoman, said in a statement.
Ms. Cochran said the approval for labeling meats did not signal “any new policy regarding non-G.E. or non-G.M.O. products.”
The U.S.D.A. vetted the Non-GMO Project’s standards, requirements and auditing the necessary processes before giving its approval.