The USDA has released its final GMO labeling rule. The so-called GMO labeling law will apply only to a narrow set of foods. Congress and the USDA have offered a number of loopholes and exemptions to food companies, undermining any semblance of a consumer’s right to know.The agency has decided to use the term “bioengineered”—a term many Americans may not be familiar with—rather than GMO. Many Americans know the term “GMO” and can connect it to the labeling debate—so the government decides to use a different term that sounds more innocuous.
The rule establishes a threshold for the “inadvertent or technically unavoidable” presence of GMO material of up to five percent; foods that meet this criteria will not have to be labeled as bioengineered. An ingredient in a food can have up to 5% of its weight be GMO if it is “unavoidable” or “inadvertent” and not have to identify that there is GMO material in the food. So-called “highly-refined foods” made from GMO crops—such as sugar from GMO sugarbeets or high fructose corn syrup from GMO corn—will not require a label. The USDA has altered the symbol that may be used by companies to communicate the presence of GMOs. and says “bioengineered” rather than GMO and depicts a field and a sun, which is intentionally deceptive giving the impression it is healthy.
If you think that your state can pass a stronger labeling law, think again. The law passed by Congress prevents states from instituting labeling laws that differ with the federal law. And to make matters worse no one needs to tell you whether the feed that is given to animals we eat has been poisoned with Roundup needed to preserve these GMO strains. So what are you eating for dinner?
excerpted from http://www.anh-usa.org/usda-makes-gmos-disappear/
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