August 10, 2016 Articles

GMO Labeling and the SAFL Act—Current Status and What the Future May Hold

By Scott K.G. Kozak

As implementation of Vermont’s labeling regulations for genetically modified organisms (GMO) and genetically engineered (GE) foods begin, ongoing legislative developments have broad ramifications for the food and beverage industry following the failure earlier this year of the U.S. Senate to pass a companion bill to the U.S. House of Representatives’ Safe and Accurate Food Labeling Act (SAFL). 

The SAFL, introduced in March of 2015 by Representative Mike Pompeo of Kansas (R-KS), would have amended the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act (FDCA) to require the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to continue its present voluntary consultation process with industry on the use of genetically engineered organisms in food and, ultimately, to give sole authority to the FDA to require mandatory labeling if such foods are found to be unsafe or materially different from foods without genetically modified ingredients. 

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