Soy Growers Urge Budget Office to Keep Biotech Disclosure Rule on Track

Soy growers are working to make sure the establishment of a national, comprehensive rule for the labeling of bioengineered food products is a still on track.

The American Soybean Association (ASA), along with several other ag organizations, sent a letter this week requesting a meeting with Mick Mulvaney, director of the Office of Management and Budget (OMB). In the letter, the groups expressed concerns that the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Act is on the “inactives” list.

“The bill was supported by over 1,100 local, state, and national groups representing U.S. producers, cooperatives, agribusinesses, processors, seed makers, handlers, food and feed manufacturers, restaurants, lenders, and retailers,” the letter states. “Congress provided two years for the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) to promulgate regulations implementing the Act.”

The groups said that with the statutory deadline only a year way, every phase of the rulemaking process is critical and urged the OMB to work closely with the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to move quickly through the rulemaking process.

Click here to read the entire letter.