GM la­belling ap­proaches

How var­i­ous coun­tries are mark­ing GM

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Manda­tory or vol­un­tary ap­proach: While the EU, Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Brazil, South Korea and a few other coun­tries have adopted manda­tory la­belling, USA and Canada per­mits vol­un­tary la­belling. Some per­mit vol­un­tary GM-free la­belling. Thresh­olds set for la­belling ex­emp­tion: Thresh­olds are based on quan­tity of GM DNA or weight of GM in­gre­di­ent in the to­tal prod­uct. Ja­pan has adopted a limit of 5 per cent of GM in­gre­di­ents (by weight) in the prod­uct, whereas the EU pro­vides a limit of 0.9 per cent GM DNA per in­gre­di­ent in view of ad­ven­ti­tious or tech­ni­cally un­avoid­able presence, which the pro­ducer has to prove.

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