The approved FSIS Non-GMO Project Verified Seal is vertical instead of the traditional horizontal verification mark to distinguish the products that carry it.

Recently, the Food Safety and Inspection (FSIS) branch of the USDA issued new guidance around GMO claims for meat, poultry and liquid eggs. What does this mean for you?

You may see other labels or text claims popping up on the meat products you purchase. The new guidance allows meat and liquid egg producers to make non-GMO claims if they are run through a third-party certifier. The big difference is those other third-party certifiers may not hold ingredients to the same standards as the Non-GMO Project, and may not even require testing for GMO contamination.

Non-GMO Project Verified is the only independent, third-party program that requires ongoing testing of ingredients that are at high risk of being genetically modified. According to the USDA, more than 90 percent of the crops used for livestock feed (corn, soy and alfalfa) are GMOs. The Non-GMO Project seal was the first label approved by FSIS in 2013, and that approval remains in effect today.

The next time you are in the meat department, you can rest assured that when you choose Non-GMO Project Verified, you are purchasing food that has been held to North America’s highest standard for avoiding GMOs.

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