The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has updated the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard’s List of Bioengineered (BE) Foods.
Added: Sugarcane (Bt insect-resistant varieties)
Amended: Squash (summer) to Squash (summer, coat protein-mediated virus-resistant varieties)
Manufacturers have 18 months to update labeling (June 23, 2025), if applicable.
Bioengineered foods are those that contain modified genetic material that could not have otherwise been obtained through conventional breeding or otherwise found in nature. Bioengineered food and food with ingredients sourced from bioengineered foods may need to be labeled with one of the permitted BE disclosure methods. To help the industry identify potential BE ingredients, the USDA has created and regularly updates a list of known BE foods. The list is not intended to be all-inclusive; if a food or food ingredient is BE or from a BE source, it must have a bioengineered food disclosure.
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