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GMO Labeling Rule Sent to OMB

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The White House Office of Management and Budget is reviewing the GMO labeling rule or the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard. Government records show that the Department of Agriculture sent the final rule to the White House on the last day of August. The regulation, according to the Management and Budget Office, is now “pending review.”

Legislation to create the standard was passed by Congress in 2016 and gave USDA two years to create a rule, with a deadline of July 29th, 2018. Earlier this year, Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue blamed the OMB office at the White House for delaying the process with drawn-out reviews. Still, USDA published a draft version of the rule in May. On August first, the Center for Food Safety filed a lawsuit against the Trump administration for failing to meet the deadline. With the rule, however, moving to OMB, the final rule appears to be on its way to becoming law.

Source: NAFB News Service