In July 2016, the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law was passed to establish a mandatory national system for disclosing the presence of genetically-engineered material in food (GMOs). The federal law preempts state and local initiatives to create labeling systems. This essay first analyzes the benefits and drawbacks of having a national GMO law rather than a patchwork of state laws. Then it provides commentary on how the USDA can create an effective and accessible labeling system, using scannable Quick Response (QR) codes.. The essay envisions a retail food system in which all consumers can easily and usefully obtain reliable information about GMO content and potentially other food characteristics.
McAllister, Lesley K.
"Implementing the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard,"
Journal of Food Law & Policy: Vol. 13
, Article 18.
Available at: http://scholarworks.uark.edu/jflp/vol13/iss1/18