US launches bio-based product label programme

21 January 2011 23:46  [Source: ICIS news]

HOUSTON (ICIS)--DuPont on Friday praised the launch of a US programme to label bio-based products for consumers.

The Federal Register published a final rule on Thursday to begin the US Department of Agriculture’s voluntary “BioPreferred” labeling programme.

“The release of the bio-preferred labeling standards will help consumers identify products with bio-based content,” said DuPont Applied BioSciences President Craig Binetti. “This will go a long way to making what used to be alternative products into easily recognised, mainstream items.”

Agriculture deputy secretary Kathleen Merrigan said the labels would make it easier for consumers to identify bio-based products, those composed wholly or significantly of biological ingredients - renewable plant, animal, marine or forestry materials.

That indicates that the product has been certified to meet US standards for a prescribed amount of bio-based content, the Department of Agriculture said. The final rule applies to manufacturers and distributors who wish to label products with the label.

An estimated 20,000 bio-based products were being made in the US, the department said.

DuPont’s Binetti said the labels would help educate consumers when purchasing products such as carpet made with the company’s renewably sourced polymer and aircraft de-icing fluids, which are made with bio-propanediol by DuPont Tate & Lyle Bio Products.  

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