Update to the List of Bioengineered Foods
A final rule (FR) to update the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard’s (the Standard) List of Bioengineered (BE) Foods (the List) has been published in the Federal Register. This rule became effective December 29, 2023. Mandatory compliance will begin on July 21, 2025.
- “Sugarcane (Bt insect-resistant varieties)” has been added
- “Squash (summer)” has been amended to “Squash (summer, coat protein-mediated virus-resistant varieties)”
- Final Rule
- November 29, 2023 - Notice to Trade - AMS Publishes Final Rule for Updates to the AMS List of Bioengineered Foods
- List of Bioengineered Foods
U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard on December 20, 2018. The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law, passed by Congress in July of 2016, directed USDA to establish this national mandatory standard for disclosing foods that are or may be bioengineered.
The Standard requires food manufacturers, importers, and certain retailers to ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed. Regulated entities have several disclosure options: text, symbol, electronic or digital link, and/or text message. Additional options such as a phone number or web address are available to small food manufacturers or for small and very small packages.
The Standard defines bioengineered foods as those that contain detectable genetic material that has been modified through certain lab techniques and cannot be created through conventional breeding or found in nature.
The Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) developed the List of Bioengineered Foods to identify the crops or foods that are available in a bioengineered form throughout the world and for which regulated entities must maintain records. These records will inform regulated entities about whether they must make a bioengineered food disclosure.