The 2016 Election is finally here; in this episode, we take a
look at the job performance of our 114th Congress.
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Bill Highlighted in This Episode
The real title should be "National bioengineered food disclosure
standard" but S. 764 (about the college program) was used as a
vehicle to get the GMO labeling bill into law.
- Food that "has been modified through...(DNA) techniques" using
a modification that "could not otherwise be obtained through
conventional breeding or found in nature".
- Food intended for human consumption
Establishment of a Labeling Standard
- By July 29, 2018, the Secretary of Agriculture has to establish
a "national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard"
- Animals fed bioengineered foods will not be labeled as
- Regulations will determine how much of a bioengineered
substance needs to be present for the food itself to be considering
- The labels can be text, symbol, or electronic or digital link;
the manufacturers get to pick
- If they choose the electronic or digital link, the
bioengineering information must appear on the
first page presented and without advertisements.
- The link
can not "collect, analyze, or sell any personally identifiable
information about consumers or the devices of consumers"
- Foods served in restaurants and "very small food manufacturers"
are excluded from the regulations
- "Very small" is not defined.
are prohibited from enacting their own bioengineering labeling
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