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GMO Labelling: Guidelines

What Does Labelling Look Like?


The method and approach to labelling is not open to interpretation. EU directives indicate precisely how labels must be worded and placed.

The use of symbols or logos is not allowed. The rules on labelling apply to virtually all foodstuffs:

  • processed, pre-cooked or packaged food, for which a list of ingredients must be indicated on the label;

  • bulk or unpacked goods; and

  • catered food in restaurants and canteens.

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Salad dressing with oil from GM soy beans

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Margarine produced from GM soy beans

Labelling of pre-cooked or packaged foods with a list of ingredients:

The respective ingredient must be labelled, in the form of an addition to the ingedient concerned:

  • either as "genetically modified...", or as "produced from genetically modified..."

This also may be indicated, in the same font size, in a footnote to the list of ingredients.

 

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Packaged sugar: Labelling on the package

Packaged foods without a list of ingredients:

  • The term "genetically modified..." or "produced from genetically modified..." must be clearly visible on the label.

Foods without a list of ingredients include, for example, sugar, packaged fruits, or vegetables.

 

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Indication in the window display: unpacked sweets with ingredients from GMOs

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Indication in the window display of a backery: bread rolls with ingredients from GMOs

For unpackaged foods or for very small package sizes:

  • The information "genetically modified..." or "produced from genetically modified..." must be attached to the display, or be in direct connection with the respective product.

  • Products with very small package sizes may be labelled similarly to unpacked goods in the display.

  • Indications on the packaging must be permanently attached, and also in a font size which is easily readable and identifiable.

 


An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

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