US approves a label for meat free of Genetically Modified products.

Finally an official move in the right direction! An article from New York Times below, covers the new label approved for use on Non-GM meats.

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U.S. Approves a Label for Meat From Animals Fed a Diet Free of Gene-Modified Products

By STEPHANIE STROM

The Agriculture Department has approved a label for meat and liquid egg products that includes a claim about the absence of genetically engineered products.

It is the first time that the department, which regulates meat and poultry processing, has approved a non-G.M.O. label claim, which 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.”

Labeling foods to indicate the absence or presence of genetically engineered ingredients is one of the most contentious issues in the food business today, with about two dozen states mulling labeling requirements and the biotech industry fighting back with intense lobbying.

More and more companies, however, are voluntarily labeling their products, including most recently Chipotle, the thriving restaurant chain, which now points out items containing genetically engineered ingredients on its online menu.

Meat from animals that eat non-G.M.O. feed, like certified organic meats, is highly prized by some consumers, but claims made by meat labels must be approved by the U.S.D.A. When a new company called Mindful Meats submitted a label last fall that included the Non-GMO Project’s certification seal, the department rejected it.

“It turned out that the U.S.D.A.’s Food Safety Inspection Service had not yet created a rule for handling non-G.M.O. claims for meat and poultry products, so they just denied us,” said Claire Herminjard, founder and chief executive of Mindful Meats, which makes meat products from organic dairy cows.

Ms. Herminjard learned that two other companies, Hidden Villa Ranch, and Pitman Farms, which produces Mary’s Chicken, also wanted to put a non-G.M.O. label on their products, so they banded together to petition the U.S.D.A.

The U.S.D.A. vetted the Non-GMO Project’s standards, requirements and auditing processes before giving its approval. “It has to approve every single label that goes out into commerce, but this sets a precedent for other meat and poultry companies that want to label this way,” Ms. Herminjard said.

For more information on Genetically Modified products please visit Non-GMO Project.

To your health,

Elena

11 Comments
  1. But I don’t want to be an ear of corn with real ears :O( Are they trying to make a race of mutants or what? I for one don’t think enough is being done… I don’t trust it anymore. I’m going to start interviewing my Farmers. LOL!

    • This is really just a little step in the right direction – I agree it is not at all enough! Too much crap is on our food and someone up there needs to take notice! 🙂
      I feel like the least I can do is just share and try to reach more people, to make them aware.

      • If it’s an consolation, you certainly reached me! I somehow think people feel it would be too much out of there way. Thanks again Elena! You have a very intriguing blog! I’m very into this stuff! Who knows how many of us they’ve killed already?

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