Per the article, "Manufacturers of dietary supplements must also comply, but restaurants and other food service establishments do not have to abide by the new rules."
If you click on the Information for Consumers link at the USDA site, "Food produced by very small food manufacturers, and food served in restaurants, food trucks, trains, airplanes, delicatessens and in similar establishments will not be required to bear bioengineered food labels, even if the product has bioengineered ingredients."
So they may be able to tell you, but they're not required to do so, and may not even know themselves. If they do tell you or list it on the menu, hopefully they're correct. Restaurants can be defrauded by unscrupulous vendors, or be on the shady side themselves.
The Information for Regulated Entities link is also worth reading.
The cynic in me notes that the USDA's bioengineered labels look all happy, full of blue sky, sunshine, and a pretty field.
"A “bioengineered” plant or animal has had a new gene inserted into it to give it a useful trait, like making it resistant to a pest or disease, or enhancing its nutritional value. 'Contains bioengineered food ingredients' means that at least one ingredient in the food — the soy protein in a plant-based burger, for instance — contains DNA from a new gene."
I got a stomach ache just reading the article, and especially the quote. WHO determines what's useful? Who did the testing? And how much testing was actually done? How much lobbying funds went into supporting this change? Even if it "benefits" smaller producers, they too can hire lobbyists.
Looks like we need to consider planting bigger gardens. Maybe I can build a conservatory and grow my own pineapples.
Maybe I can build a conservatory and grow my own pineapples.
Too bad we're so far apart as I'd love to do something like that.
I have a family member with an egg allergy. The majority of the time restaurants can't tell him whether or not the bread and pasta/noodles contain eggs. Unless the restaurant owner really cares about the quality of the food, I seriously doubt if they'd know or care if it was bioengineered.