The National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS) is mandatory as of Jan. 1, 2022. The NBFDS affects nearly all large food manufacturers, retailers, importers, and ingredient manufacturers in the U.S. due to its jurisdiction over the core ingredients used in a wide variety of food. Lawmakers drafted the NBFDS to address consumer demand for more transparency and research, revealing 90% of Americans support mandatory labeling of bioengineered food.
For any food that falls under the standard, you need documentation to demonstrate if it's BE – or not. So even if you don't use or sell any BE ingredients or foods, your business is on the hook. Although the new rules appear straightforward, clarifying which products fall under the rule, knowing how to maintain records, and summarizing the various disclosure methods requires greater diligence and more inspections than ever before. Companies that use this year to review recipes, assess inventory, improve recordkeeping, and redesign labels will gain consumer trust and avoid costly upsets and brand damage.
Watch our on-demand webinar featuring ESHA Research Genesis R&D Director of Regulatory Liz Salvo for a webinar to discuss the NBFDS labeling standard and the best way to collaborate with your supply chain partners to ensure compliance