• USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS), which promulgated the National Bioengineered (BE) Food Disclosure Standard, has announced additional responses to its Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs). A total of five new FAQs have been published, one of which confirms that BE labeling information need not be provided online or in catalogs (i.e., disclosure on the label itself is sufficient).
  • AMS also released a Disclosure Determination Tool, which walks users through a series of questions and advises whether the food requires BE labeling.
  • The implementation date of the disclosure standard is January 1, 2020, except for small food manufacturers, which have until January 1, 2021. The mandatory compliance date is January 1, 2022.