Genetically Modified Foods (GMOs) Are Getting a Brand New Label
Genetically modified or engineered foods have been around for nearly 30 years. Most have been created in the lab to bring out beneficial traits—like apples that are less likely to brown, papayas that are less likely to fall victim to a deadly virus, or corn that'll be resistant to pests and herbicides.
Until January 1, 2022, it was completely voluntary for food manufacturers to label products that have been genetically modified. But now, a new US Department of Agriculture rule requires food manufacturers to label products that are bioengineered or derived from bioengineering.
But consumer safety experts are concerned that the more commonly used term, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), is being replaced by one that people aren't familiar with—and that there are plenty of loopholes that companies can use to make it hard for consumers to make an informed choice.
Here's what you need to know about genetically modified foods—and how they're labeled.