Monday, 19 April 1999

Food Labelling



Dozens of food companies are breaking the law by selling food containing genetically modified ingredients without stating the fact on the label.

Worcestershire Trading Standards Services says that around one third of the 200 items sampled by a number of local authorities for DNA testing at the Public Analyst laboratory contain genetically modified soya or maize. Only one item stated the fact on the label despite an EU law, introduced in September 1998, requiring human food products containing DNA from genetically modified ingredients to be labelled. Many of the companies concerned said they were unaware of the presence of genetically modified material in their products.