USDA Approves Non-GMO Label for Meat

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Last week the USDA, in an unprecedented move, approved a non-GMO label for meat and liquid egg products. The label, which is certified by the Non-GMO Project, will indicate whether the meat or eggs in question came from animals raised on feed without any genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.

According to The New York Times, this is the first time that the USDA has approved a non-GMO label claim. The USDA's spokeswoman, Cathy Cochran, said the new label does not signal “any new policy regarding non-G.E. or non-G.M.O. products.” Rather, it simply allowed the label after being petitioned by a few companies, including Mindful MeatsHidden Villa Ranch, and Pitman Farms (producer of Mary’s Chicken), who wanted to voluntarily label their products.

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