USDA’s Agricultural Marketing Service is evaluating the scope of the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act. Many processed foods are made with oils or sugars derived from biotech crops, but the end-product has levels that can’t be detected and impossible to tell apart from those made with non-biotech ingredients. The food industry wants transparency and wants those products to be included in the GMO labeling effort. Agriculture groups, including Farm Bureau and trade organizations representing the corn, soybean, sugarbeet, canola and cotton industries disagree. The farm groups fear the disclosure of refined ingredients from biotech crops will stigmatize biotechnology without any benefit for consumers.
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