The first time you receive a nutritional label is a significant milestone, but the process of getting information from the FDA and the USDA is a long one.
In many cases, the information is not completely clear.
So, how do you know what information you’re getting when you receive your first label?
If you are getting information about food that contains genetically modified organisms (GMOs), you may want to make an educated decision about whether to purchase it.
The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) requires that food manufacturers produce information that is clearly identified as “GMO-free” or “free of genetically modified ingredients.”
For the first time, however, there is a new requirement for the FDA that requires food manufacturers to include a statement that they have removed GMOs from their products.
And it’s not just the FDA, as some other countries, like the EU, have also taken steps to ban GMOs from food.
This is a great time to ask your doctor, pharmacist, or food service provider about GMOs and nutrition.
You may be able to find information about GMOs in your state.
For example, the Food and Nutrition Board of the European Union (EFSA) has an “Information on the use of genetically engineered ingredients in food products” section that is available at the European Commission website.
It lists information about the GMO labels that have been placed on products that are labeled “free from GMO ingredients.”
If you’re not sure what GMO ingredients are, check with your local FDA branch office to see if the FDA is asking you for information on GMOs.
The following is an overview of some of the most common questions and answers you may have about GMOs.
When you receive the first GMO label, you can check to make sure it includes the GMO-free designation.
Do you need to fill out a USDA-approved form to receive information about genetically modified foods?
Yes, you need a USDA Form 990.
In some states, you must file an application for a food information return to get GMO-labeled food.
How do you request a GMO-certified food?
You can get a GMO food information form from the USDA.
What if I need to have a GMO label on my label?
It is important to ask the FDA if you can get GMO food labels that are not GMO-approved.
You can ask your local USDA branch office if you have a specific question about GMOs that is related to your state or local jurisdiction.
For more information, see our list of USDA-certification requests.
How can I get GMO foods at Costco?
You may need to get the label of the company you purchase from.
For the most part, this is an easy process.
Just ask your store manager.
If you have questions about GMOs, check your local state or federal agencies.
You’ll need to ask for a form and the information.
If your local government has not asked for GMO labeling, check the Food Safety and Inspection Service (FSIS) website.
Do I need a government-approved food package to purchase GMO food?
This may require a government food stamp card to receive the GMO food, and if you do not have a food stamp, you may need a separate form.
How much is the GMO price per package?
You will usually pay a price per serving, or package.
You will also pay a shipping and handling fee.
For products labeled “Made with Genetically Modified Organisms,” the price per gram of GMO food is $0.25.
For product labels that say “No GMO”, the price for a gram is $2.00.
The price of a single serving of GMO-containing food is less than the price of the whole serving.
Do the food labels list the number of GMO ingredients?
Yes and no.
The FDA lists a number of ingredients that can be used to make food products.
For instance, the GMO label states “100% natural ingredients,” which means there is no GMO added.
The ingredient list on the label will list the ingredients that have not been modified by any other food or agricultural ingredient.
For GMO food products, the FDA also lists “No added ingredients.”
The number of added ingredients is not listed on the food label, so you should look for those ingredients when making an informed decision about the product.
For other products, such as fruits and vegetables, you should also look for the label’s “No additives” and “No preservatives.”
The FDA recommends that all consumers ask their health care provider for any GMO ingredients on their food before making an educated choice.
How often do you check for GMO food and nutrition labels?
In most states, the food and nutrient information on your package must be updated to reflect the GMO designation.
For new GMO labels, the nutrition information must be refreshed once per year.
For older GMO labels and labels for older products, if the label says “Gmo-free,” you may also check the labels