(Washington, D.C.) The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) issued the following statement on the release of the Proposed Rule for the Biotech Disclosure Standard by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
“We welcome the release of the proposed rule for the Biotech Disclosure Standard and will be working with our member companies to review and develop comments on the draft rule and the USDA questions. Our comments to USDA will reflect the ongoing commitment of our member companies to providing consumers with the transparency they need to make informed product choices.
“Our industry is delivering on the promise of ingredient transparency. The SmartLabel® digital disclosure initiative provides more information than could ever fit on a package label on more than 25,000 food, beverage, personal care and household items, and more products are added every week to www.Smartlabel.org. Digital disclosure by scanning an electronic link on a package is one of the ways to provide the bioengineered ingredient information required by the federal law.”
The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) is the trade organization representing the world’s leading food, beverage and consumer products companies and associated partners. The U.S. food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry plays a unique role as the single largest U.S. manufacturing employment sector, with 2.1 million jobs in 30,000 communities across the country that deliver products vital to the wellbeing of people in our nation and around world. Founded in 1908, GMA has a primary focus on product safety, science-based public policies and industry initiatives that seek to empower people with the tools and information they need to make informed choices and lead healthier lives. For more information, visit gmaonline.org.