For the first time, the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) approved a non-GMO label for meat and liquid egg products. The label claims that those products certified by the Non-GMO Project came from animals that were never fed anything containing genetically engineered ingredients.
Common genetically engineered ingredients include corn, soy, and alfalfa. The USDA does not require but allows food companies to include these labels on their products, which indicate to buyers that their companies meet appropriate certification standards.
Cathy Cochran, a USDA spokeswoman, says that there are no new policies regarding non-GE or non-GMO. However, some food companies like Chipotle have already taken the initiative to label their products that contain genetically modified ingredients.