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    New GMO label rules don't use the term GMO

    Remember this word: Bioengineered.

    It's the term the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has settled on for food labels that will indicate the presence of genetically modified organisms or GMOs in our food. In a final rule published earlier this month, the Agricultural Marketing Service arm of the USDA spelled out the new national mandatory food disclosure standard for bioengineered or BE foods.

    It will require "food manufacturers, importers, and other entities that label foods for retail sale to disclose information about BE food and BE food ingredients. This rule is intended to provide a mandatory uniform national standard for disclosure of information to consumers about the BE status of foods. Establishment and implementation of the new Standard is required by an amendment to the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946."

    The use of the word bioengineered, which must be fully implemented by large and small food manufacturers by Jan. 21, 2022, is not surprising. Earlier this year, when the USDA released the first draft of the rule, it was clear the term bioengineered would be used — and the not the terms already familiar to the general public: genetically modified or genetically engineered.

    In the rule, the marketing service said "using other terms such as genetic engineering or genetically modified organisms may create inconsistencies with the preemption provisions or muddy the scope of disclosure."

    What the public will see


    Other symbols were considered, but in the end, the USDA decided on these two symbols. (Photo: USDA)

    The rules makes it clear that bioengineered foods meant for human consumption must have the disclosure on the label in one of several ways: "text, symbol, electronic or digital link, and/or text message with additional options available to small food manufacturers or for small or very small packages." Some of these methods are more straightforward than others.

    • Text: The text on a product will either say "bioengineered food" or "contains a bioengineered food ingredient."
    • Symbol: Although the USDA considered other symbols, they landed on the two symbols above.
    • Electronic or digital link: An electronic or digital link must be accompanied by the words "Scan here for more food information." This link can come in the form of a QR code and has been one of the more controversial ways for foods to be labeled because not everyone has access to a smartphone or mobile device with scanning capabilities, or they have a smartphone with limited data usage and would have to use their data to obtain this information.
    • Text message: Regulated entities that choose this option are required to include a statement on the package that instructs consumers on how to receive a text message.
    • Small food manufacturers: A phone number accompanied by appropriate language that indicates additional information or a website address can be added on the packaging.

    Notice that the last three options don't indicate anywhere on the label that the food item is bioengineered or contains GMO ingredients. They simply imply there's more information to be had; what that information is about isn't even hinted at.

    Which foods must be labeled?


    Not all Fuji apples are genetically modified, but some are and those will now be required to have a label that indicates they are bioengineered. (Photo: Suraj Designs/Shutterstock)

    The bioengineered foods that as of now will be required to be labeled — whether they are whole foods or used as ingredients in a product — are: Alfalfa, apple (ArcticTM varieties), canola, corn, cotton, eggplant (BARI Bt Begun varieties), papaya (ringspot virus-resistant varieties), pineapple (pink flesh varieties), potato, salmon (AquAdvantage®), soybean, squash (summer), and sugar beet.

    The Agricultural Marketing Service will annually review other foods to be added to the list since GMOs are an ever-increasing category of foods.

    The PDF of the rule is 236 pages long. There's a lot of information to digest, but here are a few additional pieces of information about what's exempt. (And these certainly don't cover all there is to know about the new disclosure rule.)


    • Food that comes from animals that ate GMO feed is exempt from labeling. For instance, if the chicken that laid your eggs was fed GMO feed, the eggs don't need to be labeled bioengineered.
    • Pet food is exempt, since the rule covers food meant for human consumption only.
    • Food served in restaurants, cafeterias, salad bars, lunch rooms, food carts or served from other prepared food establishments are exempt.
    • Very small food manufacturers, those whose annual receipts are less than $2.5 million, are exempt.

    https://www.mnn.com/food/healthy-eat...t-use-term-gmo
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    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]

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    I like Fuji apples, hopefully I've got the old fashioned original ones. But how can you tell without a label? Serious question.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonZeplin View Post
    I like Fuji apples, hopefully I've got the old fashioned original ones. But how can you tell without a label? Serious question.
    Stick with independent companies that label non-gmo or organic.


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    5 digit product code number starting with 9 is non-GMO organic

    Quote Originally Posted by donnay View Post
    Stick with independent companies that label non-gmo or organic.


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    Found a sticker on one of my Fuji apples, Chelan 4131 USA Washington. Since it lacks a 5 digit number starting with a 9, it's very likely to be GMO conventionally grown (non-organic). I'm not going to throw them away, but I'll be more careful in the future.

    Five Ways to Avoid Eating Genetically Modified Food

    3. Check out the PLU Code

    The price lookup (PLU) code on fresh produce can provide some insight as to whether or not it’s a GMO. A 4-digit number indicates a conventionally produced food that may or may not be GM. A 5-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM, though such PLU labeling is optional. Lastly a 5-digit number that starts with 9 means it’s organic and GMO-free. For example a Fuji apple with the PLU code of 4131 is conventionally grown, a Fuji apple with a PLU code of 94131 is organically grown, and 84131 is a GM Fuji apple.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RonZeplin View Post
    Found a sticker on one of my Fuji apples, Chelan 4131 USA Washington. Since it lacks a 5 digit number starting with a 9, it's very likely to be GMO conventionally grown (non-organic). I'm not going to throw them away, but I'll be more careful in the future.
    3. Check out the PLU Code

    The price lookup (PLU) code on fresh produce can provide some insight as to whether or not it’s a GMO. A 4-digit number indicates a conventionally produced food that may or may not be GM. A 5-digit number beginning with 8 means it’s GM, though such PLU labeling is optional. Lastly a 5-digit number that starts with 9 means it’s organic and GMO-free. For example a Fuji apple with the PLU code of 4131 is conventionally grown, a Fuji apple with a PLU code of 94131 is organically grown, and 84131 is a GM Fuji apple.
    More evidence that the anti-science folks aren't big on facts. The PLU numbering system is optional IT $#@!ING SAYS SO RIGHT THERE IN THE PARAGRAPH YOU CITED.

    And the only GM apple is the Artic Fuji.

    God, the stupid. It burns.

    By all means, make sure everybody else has to pay more for groceries because......
    * Enforce Border Security – America should be guarding her own borders and enforcing her own laws instead of policing the world and implementing UN mandates.

    * No Amnesty - The Obama Administration’s endorsement of so-called “Comprehensive Immigration Reform,” granting amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, will only encourage more law-breaking.

    * Abolish the Welfare State – Taxpayers cannot continue to pay the high costs to sustain this powerful incentive for illegal immigration. As Milton Friedman famously said, you can’t have open borders and a welfare state.

    * End Birthright Citizenship – As long as illegal immigrants know their children born here will be granted U.S. citizenship, we’ll never be able to control our immigration problem.




    Reprinted from http://www.ronpaul2012.com/the-issues/immigration/ [Nov. 29, 2011]



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