|Example of Negative Label|
This is a complex situation because while FSIS did not previously allow "negative claims" (that is, claims that a product did not contain GMOs), there was no effective enforcement mechanism for this and a number of products were simply labeled as GMO free with no consequences.
But now, at least according to the terms in the above document, FSIS will allow "negative labeling" for certain categories of foods, all foods that are animal derived. (meat, poultry and egg products not containing or derived from livestock fed GMO feed.)
An excellent analysis of this new FSIS directive has been prepared by food reporter Maxwell Goldberg at his "Living Maxwell" website. To download this analysis please click here. This is a an important and confusing topic and this analysis is worth careful reading.
Note however that at this point it does not apply to plant-derived foods.
If you are interested in a broader general description (although dated) analysis of the work of the USDA Food Safety & Inspection Services (FSIS) in general, click here.
Continue to look for the Non-GMO Project Verified label and/or the USDA Organic label on your foods!
Now that the DARK Act will likely make it more difficult than ever to avoid NON-GMO foods, the Non-GMO Project offers help in the current issue of their newsletter: "Living non-GMO -- THE BUTTERFLY: The Lifestyle Newsletter of the Non-GMO Project. To see this issue please click here. Or visit the Non-GMO Project website at nongmoproject.org.