White House aide: USDA to work on GMO labeling bill schedule
April 24, 2017
The U.S. Agriculture Department will attempt to follow the congressionally mandated schedule to create a plan for mandatory disclosure of genetically modified ingredients in food by July 2018, but companies will not be expected to comply at that time, the White House aide in charge of agriculture said April 24.
Ray Starling, the White House aide in charge of agriculture, trade and food assistance, told the North American Agricultural Journalists that USDA would "follow the law," but that does not mean companies would not be required to comply with labeling by, for example, September 2018.
Starling also said that the Food and Drug Administration is engaged in revamping the standard nutrition facts label and is also interested in labeling for sodium and fiber, and that the Trump administration is having a conversation with the food industry about linking them all together in order to save the industry money.
The administration and the food industry, Starling said, are having "a real active conversation" about how to handle labeling while also meeting consumer demands for information.
In other remarks, Starling said:
President Donald Trump will issue an executive order April 25 for a review of regulations affecting agriculture over the next 180 days.
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