Jennifer Allen Publishes on Bioengineered Food Labeling in Quality Assurance

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Partner Jennifer Allen’s newest legal brief for Quality Assurance magazine explores the complex labeling and packaging guidance related to bioengineered food, as genetically modified (GMO) foods and their manufacturers have seen new legislation in the past few years. New regulations don’t pertain to every type of GMO food, and many qualify for exemptions from labeling laws. This has left producers with questions around what gets labeled and how.

“FDA doesn’t generally require food manufacturers to disclose that foods are bioengineered, because the agency considers such foods to be safe and materially identical to their conventional counterparts,” Jennifer writes. “In fact, FDA has even suggested that it is misleading to label food as not being bioengineered because doing so could cause the consumer to believe that bioengineered foods are inherently bad. But Congress seemingly disagreed, and in 2016, it passed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law.”

In her practice, Jennifer represents banks, mortgage lenders, small businesses, insurance companies, entrepreneurs and individuals in a variety of business litigation matters. She also focuses on food regulatory matters pertaining to FDA and USDA regulations, food labeling, additive petitions, HACCP/HARPC planning and best practices in manufacturing.


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