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OTA submits comments on GMO labeling standard

Update: Comment deadline has been extended to August 25. The Organic Trade Association has already filed comments, see below for details.

The Organic Trade Association submitted comments to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) on its 30 questions posted on the USDA GMO labeling website for stakeholder input regarding the establishment of a GMO labeling standard. The GMO labeling bill passed last summer includes a congressional mandate to complete a study on digital or electronic disclosure by July 29, 2017 with implementation of the standard by summer of 2018. We are hearing that the proposed rule will be released for public comment in late fall or early winter. The questions provided OTA and the organic sector with a great opportunity to weigh in on the specifics of our organic priorities, issues and concerns and inform the proposed rule.

OTA’s final comments are now available to members. The Organic Trade Association will continue to engage in the rulemaking process and address the issues specific to the provisions that safeguard organic as the gold standard for transparency and non-GMO status. To read background on the topic as well as view the full text of the law and corresponding USDA policy, visit USDA’s GMO Disclosure & Labeling web page.

Learn more about the Organic Trade Association’s involvement and position on GMO labeling. For more information, contact OTA’s Gwendolyn Wyard.

OTA's Position on GMO Labeling    Final Comments to USDA on GMO Labeling Questions


Gwendolyn Wyard
Vice President of Regulatory and Technical Affairs