Australian biotech labeling

Australia is considering changes to its Food Standards Code on labeling of genetically enhanced ingredients that are equivalent to traditional foods. In comments to Australia's Ministry of Health, GMA said labeling criteria for genetically enhanced foods should be adopted only if the information is essential to health and safety.

GMA further stated that labeling should only be required when "substantial nutritional, compositional or use differences are evident, or when an allergen is introduced." A "may contain" label would not provide much new information, said GMA, because most companies probably put it on their products already. It would take up space needed for critical messages.

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