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USDA/AMS RIN: 0581-AD54 Publication ID: Fall 2018 
Title: National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard 

Abstract: On July 29, 2016, the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 was amended to establish a National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (Law) (Pub. L. 114-216). The provisions of this rule, pursuant to the law, will serve as a national mandatory bioengineered food disclosure standard for bioengineered food and food that may be bioengineered.

Agency: Department of Agriculture(USDA)  Priority: Economically Significant 
RIN Status: Previously published in the Unified Agenda Agenda Stage of Rulemaking: Final Rule Stage 
Major: Yes  Unfunded Mandates: Private Sector 
EO 13771 Designation: Other 
CFR Citation: 7 CFR 1285   
Legal Authority: Pub. L. 114-216    7 U.S.C. 1621 to 1627   
Legal Deadline:
Action Source Description Date
Final  Statutory    07/29/2018 

Statement of Need:

This rule would establish a single, national standard to supersede a patchwork of similar standards implemented or planned by individual States.  The rule may be considered a regulatory reduction in that affected entities would be regulated by a uniform standard recognized in both interstate commerce and international trade. Consumers would benefit from a single standard for consistent messaging about bioengineered food in the market.

Summary of the Legal Basis:

The authority for this action is provided by the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 as amended by Pub. L. 114-216.


The proposed rule evaluated alternative thresholds for which disclosure would be required and alternative definitions for the term "very small food manufacturer."

Anticipated Costs and Benefits:

Implementation of the standard is intended to coincide with that of the Food and Drug Administration's updated food labeling requirements.  Such coordination would reduce expenses for affected food manufactures, who would otherwise bear twice the cost of changing food labels to comply with each regulation.


No risks have been identified at this time.

Action Date FR Cite
NPRM  05/04/2018  83 FR 19860   
Comment Period End  07/03/2018 
Final Action  11/00/2018 
Regulatory Flexibility Analysis Required: Yes  Government Levels Affected: Federal 
Small Entities Affected: Businesses  Federalism: Yes 
Included in the Regulatory Plan: Yes 
International Impacts: This regulatory action will be likely to have international trade and investment effects, or otherwise be of international interest.
RIN Data Printed in the FR: Yes 
Agency Contact:
Arthur Neal
Deputy Administrator, Federal Grain Inspection Service
Department of Agriculture
Agricultural Marketing Service
1400 Independence Avenue SW,
Washington, DC 20250
Phone:202 690-1300