FoodChain ID Launches NBFDS Compliance Service
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FoodChain ID Launches NBFDS Compliance Service

The mandatory compliance date for USDA's National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard is Jan. 1, 2022.

April 20, 2021

DEERFIELD, Ill. — FoodChain ID, a provider of technology-enabled food safety, quality and sustainability solutions, has launched a Bioengineered (BE) Compliance Service to assist food manufacturers in meeting the Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard's upcoming deadline.
The past decade has seen increasing consumer concern regarding the foods they eat. Following in the footsteps of states such as Vermont, the federal government has now taken a more assertive approach to meeting public outcry for greater transparency.
In 2016, Congress amended the Agricultural Marketing Act of 1946 with the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Law. It directed the USDA to establish a standard requiring food manufacturers, importers and individual retailers to ensure bioengineered foods are appropriately disclosed.
Dubbed the National Bioengineered Food Disclosure Standard (NBFDS), it has a mandatory compliance date of Jan. 1, 2022, which is less than a year away. The 13 currently listed foods at high risk to be bioengineered can be translated into thousands of ingredients and products sourced from numerous global suppliers. Hence, said FoodChain ID, detectability becomes a critical element of determining compliance. 
"The standard is complex and an adequate interpretation of it is a challenging task," said Heather Secrist, senior vice president and managing director of the Americas at FoodChain ID. "As such, companies have the daunting task of understanding which ingredients are a BE risk, reviewing them against the standard and determining which elements apply to their formulation. Companies must then determine whether their products are required to make a BE disclosure and how best to do so."
FoodChain ID said it has found that many companies do not have the internal technical expertise, resources or time required to do this — particularly in light of the supply chain disruptions caused by the global pandemic. Companies have the opportunity to outsource this effort to an expert, who can help with assessment, documentation and determining if disclosure is necessary, or the appropriate compliance pathway to avoid disclosure.
FoodChain ID said its BE compliance service identifies products containing BE ingredients, offers pathways to achieve compliance and provides recordkeeping and supply chain management using Foodchain ID's SupplyTrak compliance database, a cloud-based multi-assessment compliance database that maps customer's supply chains, shares data between programs (Non-GMO Project Verification/USDA Organic/BE Compliance).
If disclosure is required, FoodChain ID said it will recommend appropriate disclosure per the requirements of the NBFDS. If a client prefers, FoodChain's advisory services offers options and perspectives on how to avoid using bioengineered substances.
"Of the many lessons learned by our company in dealing with the global food supply chain, one of the most critical is that leaner teams mean a renewed focus on operational effectiveness," said Secrist. "Our BE Compliance service is a crucial tool that food manufacturers and brand owners can leverage to quickly and efficiently meet the new NBFDS deadlines."