In 2014, Petfood Industry considered what mandatory GMO labeling could mean for the pet food business. Just such a GMO labeling bill was signed into law by President Barack Obama recently.
However, pet food and animal feed are not included in terms of mandatory GMO labeling, according to Sarah Novak, VP of membership and public relations at AFIA.
Nonetheless, some pet food manufacturers already choose to label their products as non-GMO, and the new law may affecting that trend.
The new GMO labeling law requires a mandatory labeling system of GMOs for all 50 states. The US House of Representatives passed the bill on July 14 in a 306-117 vote. The law requires the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) to determine which food products and ingredients should be labeled as GMO. Those products will be labeled by text, symbols or a bar code that can be scanned with smartphones. The USDA will have two years to develop the rules and regulations for the nationwide labeling program.
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