Select Committee on Science and Technology First Report


ANNEX

EU Regulations on Labelling GM Foods

EC Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulation (258/97) provide for special labelling:

— if a GM food is judged not be equivalent to the relevant existing (ie non-GM) food;

— if a GM food contains material that might give rise to health concerns (eg a protein from a known food allergen such as peanuts);

— if a GM food contains material that might give rise to ethical concerns (eg animal genes in vegetable products).

In addition all foods which contain or consist of GM plants themselves should be labelled, although because segregation of GM and conventional products may not be possible, the Regulation recognises that a label stating that GMOs may be present will suffice.


 
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