Groups sue USDA over “Bioengineered” GMO food labeling
The Center for Food Safety has filed a federal lawsuit on behalf of nonprofits and retailers against the USDA on its labeling rules for GMO foods.
The groups argue the use of “bioengineered” on labels in place of GE or GMO is misleading to consumers. They say the QR code which is allowed on labels, that can only be read through a smart phone, discriminates against at least 20% of adults who are primarily poor, elderly, rural and minority populations. And they say the COVID-19 pandemic has reduced in-store shopping.
Their lawsuit says the rules excludes 70% of GMO foods used as ingredients in other foods.
The suit is asking the court to declare the regulations unlawful and nullify them – sending them back to USDA to fix.
Food manufacturers are required to use the new bioengineered labels at the start of 2022.