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Implementation of new GM food regulation postponed to July 1

Implementation of new GM food regulation postponed to July 1

Taipei, May 20 (CNA) A new government regulation on the labeling of genetically modified food will not be enforced until July 1, health authorities said Wednesday after announcing the previous day that the rules would take effect June 1. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said Tuesday that from June 1, bulk foods containing more than 3 percent genetically modified (GM) raw materials will have to be labeled as GM products or containing GM ingredients. But on Wednesday, the FDA postponed the implementation date to July 1, saying that the food industry would not be able to meet the new requirements at such a short notice. In its statement Tuesday, the FDA said bulk foods that contain 3 percent or more GM raw materials will have to be labeled as such, a change from the current regulation that requires such labeling only if the GM content is at least 5 percent. The new regulation will be applied to packaged foods and food additives with effect from Dec. 31, the FDA said. At present, the FDA allows only 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 have to comply with the new labeling regulation from Jan. 1, 2016. A check last year of 314 GM soybean and corn products found that 91.7 percent of them conformed to labeling regulations, while 9.3 percent were non-compliant. (By Chen Ching-fang and S.C. Chang)


Updated : 2021-09-26 08:49 GMT+08:00