For the first time ever, the USDA has approved a GMO-free claim for use on meat and liquid egg products. As recently reported by the New York Times, USDA has granted a request advanced by several meat producers to allow products to be labeled as “[coming] from animals that never ate feed containing genetically engineered ingredients like corn, soy and alfalfa.” The producer must be able to support the claim through a third-party certification. As explained by USDA spokeswoman Cathy Cochran, the USDA’s Food Safety and Inspection Service “allows companies to demonstrate on their labels that they meet a third-party certifying organization’s standards, provided that the third-party organization and the company can show that the claims are truthful, accurate and not misleading.” In this case, the third-party certifying organization is the Non-GMO Project, which itself actively supported the USDA approval.¬† USDA has clarified that the approval did not signal new policy or a policy change regarding¬†genetically modified¬†products.