White House Reviewing Final GMO Rule

September 6, 2018

The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) is reviewing a final rule to implement the National Bioengineered Foods Disclosure Standard.  The Agriculture Department transmitted the final rule to OMB on August 31.

Publication of a final rule is not likely to end the controversy over which foods should have to disclose bioengineered (GMO) content.  The treatment of highly refined products like soybean oil and beet sugar will likely be the most controversial.  However, there is less controversy about animal foods such as meat, milk and eggs:  These foods do not have to disclose bioengineered content regardless of what feed the animals consumed.