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  • 1. Labeling requirements ofLabeling requirements of Genetically modified foodsGenetically modified foods A.M.S.L.Atapattu
  • 2. IntroductionIntroduction  To inform consumers the product is GM or not  To reduce the information asymmetry between sellers and buyers  Proposed by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2001  Proposed by the European Union’s regulation in 2003
  • 3. Does the labeling tell if the food is GM?Does the labeling tell if the food is GM? Two types of labeling  Pro mandatory labeling  Cons mandatory labeling
  • 4. The current labeling policyThe current labeling policy US Food and Drug Administration currently require labeling of GE foods if the food has a significantly different nutritional property
  • 5. Examples of voluntary labeling underExamples of voluntary labeling under FDA guidelineFDA guideline 1. GMO free or Not genetically modified 2. This cantaloupe was not genetically engineered 1. We do not use ingredients produced using biotechnology 2. This oil is made from soybeans that were not genetically engineered
  • 6. 3. Genetically engineered 4. This product contains cornmeal that was produced using biotechnology 5. This product contains high oleic acid soybeans oil from soybeans developed using biotechnology to decrease the amount of saturated fat
  • 7. Pro-labeling ArgumentsPro-labeling Arguments Right to know what’s in their food To identify and steer clear of food For religious or ethical reasons
  • 8. Anti-labeling ArgumentsAnti-labeling Arguments Health effects , whereas no significant differences To fulfill the desires of some consumers would impose a cost on all consumers Who want to buy non GE food already have an option to purchase organic foods Could not currently accommodate the need for segregation of GE and non GE Who want to avoid animal products no need to worry about GE food
  • 9. Examples of labeling requirementsExamples of labeling requirements under EC regulationunder EC regulation 1. GM plant 2. GM seed 3. GM food 4. Food produced from GMOs 5. GMM used as a food ingredient
  • 10. 6. Alcoholic beverages which contain a GM ingredient 7. Products containing GM enzymes where the enzyme is acting as an additive or performing a technical function 8. GM feed 9. Feed produced from a GMO
  • 11. 10. Food containing GM ingredients that are sold in catering establishments 1. Food from animals fed GM animal feed 2. Food produced with help from a GM enzyme 3. Feed additive produced from a GMO
  • 12. Labeling AttributesLabeling Attributes  Text disclosure on biotech label  Biotech logo  Location of a biotech logo
  • 13. Thankyou