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[USA] Tips for Faster Label Approval Process (2020-02-14)
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Labels are currently taking about 12-14 business days to evaluate.

TIP: Establishments producing certified-organic meat, poultry, and egg products under the Agricultural Marketing Service’s National Organic Program may add a new claim to their label stating that genetically modified ingredients or animal feed were not used in the products, provided that the organic claim on the label was previously approved by FSIS.

The USDA organic regulations (7 CFR Part 205) prohibit the use of genetically modified organisms in the production and handling of an organic product. Certified-organic products must be derived from animals that did not consume feed or feed supplements that contain genetically modified organisms. In December 2019, FSIS updated the Labeling Guideline on Statements That Bioengineered or Genetically-Modified Ingredients or Animal Feed Were Not Used in Meat, Poultry or Egg Products. As discussed in this guideline, establishments with certified-organic label claims sketch approved by FSIS can add claims related to the absence of genetically engineered material, referred to as “negative claims,” without resubmitting the modified label for an additional approval. Such statements are generically approved if they are truthful and not misleading.

Examples of negative claims include: “No GMO Ingredients,” “Fed a Diet Free of Genetically Modified Ingredients,” and “Ingredients Used are Not Bioengineered.”

Establishments adding a negative claim to an organic product label should ensure that the claim is made in accordance with the FSIS guideline on negative claims. Any negative claims on products labeled as “organic” must be adjacent to or connected by an asterisk or other symbol to the explanatory statement: “Produced in compliance with the USDA Organic Regulations.” This statement must appear on the same panel as the claim.

For additional information about making claims related to the absence of genetically modified material, please see the FSIS Labeling Guideline on Statements That Bioengineered or Genetically-Modified Ingredients or Animal Feed Were Not Used in Meat, Poultry, or Egg Products at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/topics/regulatory-compliance/labeling/claims-guidance/procedures-nongenetically-engineered-statement

FSIS will continue to provide updates regarding label turnaround time, as well as suggestions to assist industry to streamline label submissions in its Constituent Update.









https://www.fsis.usda.gov/wps/portal/fsis/newsroom/meetings/newsletters/constituent-updates/archive/2020/ConstUpdate021420
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