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Friday, July 8, 2011

MONSANTO: New Guidance Allows Nations to Label Genetically Engineered Foods


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The Codex Alimentarius Commission, which is composed of food safety regulators from more than 100 countries, adopted a guidance document during its annual summit in Geneva, Switzerland, on Tuesday that prevents any country's GE food labeling policies from being legally challenged as barriers to trade.


The guidance does not mandate the labeling of GE foods, but allows countries to develop their own labeling policies.


The US delegation to the Codex Commission reportedly reversed its position on the guidance document, allowing for the commission to reach consensus after 20 years of debate, according to Consumers International.



Other countries, however, are eager to regulate food crops genetically engineered by agribusiness companies like Monsanto, Syngenta and BASF.

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