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GMO Food Labeling Policies Review

2014 May

GMO labeling policies

Labeling Policies of Genetically Modified Food by Guillaume Gruere

More than 40 countries have adopted some form of labeling genetically modified organisms (GMOs). But not all approaches are successful in providing consumer choice or consumer information, according to a review done by the International Food Policy Research Institute’s (IFPRI) Program for Biosafety Systems (PBS).

The PBS summary of policies reported in the review found that labeling rules fall into the broad categories of voluntary or mandatory; and that regulations differ widely on issues related to the types of products covered, threshold levels or detectability of GMO ingredients, and labeling content or description requirements.

Most important is that the review looks at both the benefits and costs of differing GMO labeling approaches. Among the report’s conclusions, countries considering introducing GMO food labeling policies should address specific questions (provided in this report) to ensure labeling polices serve the country’s economic and social goals.

Click here for a full copy of the paper: 2007. Labeling Policies of Genetically Modified Food: Lessons From an International Review of Existing Approaches1.

Excerpt:

“Our review of national regulations shows that the effects of GMO labeling approaches can vary greatly. In particular, all approaches are not successful in providing consumer choice or consumer information; some regulations are bound to be very costly; and many countries have failed to implement their own regulations.”

Click here for a full copy of the paper: Labeling Policies of Genetically Modified Food: Lessons From an International Review of Existing Approaches, by Guillaume P. Gruere. PhD

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Related link: A Review of International Labeling Policies of Genetically Modified Food to Evaluate India’s Proposed Rule: http://www.agbioforum.org/v10n1/v10n1a06-gruere.htm