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Food Labelling

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food if he will list the obstacles to clear labelling of foods to enable customers to choose between foods that are genetically altered and those that are not. [17027]

Since I issued a press release on 7 June calling for all foods which may contain genetically modified (GM) material to be labelled clearly, considerable progress has been made. On 25 July, the European Commission announced its intention to ensure coherent labelling of GM products throughout the food chain and a Commission regulation requiring the labelling of GM soya and maize came into effect on 1 November. Detailed rules on the implementation of this regulation are expected to be agreed shortly.