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GMO Labeling 101

By:   |   Jul 08, 2018   |   Views: 24   |   Comments: 0

GMO labeling started when consumers wanted freedom of choice between standard products and genetically modified goods. Genetic engineering has become a widely used process in food manufacturing, which is why people wanted more information so they stay safe and healthy when choosing these products. The labeling process is sophisticated, requiring proper planning and regulation and coverage like feasibility and legal responsibility.

On the Labeling Guide

The primary aim of labeling is to inform consumers whether or not a modified microorganism or plant has been included during the production. Under certain circumstances, some products are exempt from being labeled, such as having processing aids, additives and other chemicals. With regard to the labeling responsibilities of the manufacturers, it is quite complicated how an enzyme, flavor or additive should or should not be labeled as gmo. There are also regulations surrounding the words and positioning of the label, should a product be considered gmo. Labels are also needed by establishments like restaurants and canteens.

When to Label

EU directives specifically indicate the manner of labeling, including the right placement and words that should be used. Using of logos or symbols is prohibited and the labeling rules will apply to all kinds of food and ingredients.

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