Lawsuit Challenges USDA 'Bioengineered' Food Disclosure Rule as User-Unfriendly

A new lawsuit contests a U.S. Department of Agriculture rule letting food manufacturers use QR codes instead of text labeling to disclose genetically engineered ingredients, Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., reports July 28.

The Center for Food Safety leads the coalition filing suit, arguing that the rule is discriminatory and user-unfriendly by prohibiting the use of well-known terms like GMO (Genetically Modified Organism) and GE (Genetically Engineered).

“Requiring a smartphone discriminates against at least 20% of the American adult population — primarily poor, elderly, rural, and minority populations — who have lower percentages of smartphone ownership, or live in areas in which grocery stores do not have internet bandwidth,” Caroline Gordon of plaintiff Rural Vermont said.

The lawsuit seeks to nullify the rule and return it to the USDA to repair unlawful portions.

To see the full report by Agri-Pulse Communications, Inc., click here.

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