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New rule on genetically modified packaged food to be implemented

New rule on genetically modified packaged food to be implemented

Taipei, May 19 (CNA) From June 1, packaged foods that contain more than 3 percent genetically modified (GM) raw materials will have to be labeled as GM products, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday. The FDA said that packaged foods and food additives that contain 3 percent or more of GM raw materials will have to be labeled as such, in contrast to the current practice of 5 percent. At present, the FDA only allows GM soybeans and corn to enter the market. Soybean powder and corn kernels will also be included in the compulsory labeling from Oct. 1, while bean curd, cornstarch and vegetarian meat that contain GM materials will also require compulsory labeling from Jan. 1, 2016. The FDA has also issued instructions on when a label stating "non-GM" can be applied. Agricultural products that are not GM should not be labeled as "non-GM," as this could mislead consumers. The FDA also unveiled its results on GM labeling last year. A total of 314 GM soybean and corn products were checked and it was discovered that 288, or 91.7 percent, of them conformed to labeling regulations, while 26 product, or 9.3 percent, failed to qualify. (By Chen Chin-fang and Lilian Wu)


Updated : 2021-09-21 13:15 GMT+08:00