Consumer rights victory as US ends opposition to GM labelling guidelines
05 Jul 2011
* Twenty year struggle within global food safety body ends with ‘consumer rights milestone’
* Move clears way for greater monitoring of the effects of GM organisms
Consumers International (CI) and its member organisations celebrated victory today as regulators from more than 100 countries agreed on long overdue guidance on the labelling of genetically modified (GM) food.
The Codex Alimentarius Commission, made up of the world’s food safety regulatory agencies, has been labouring for two decades to come up with consensus guidance on this topic.
No legal opposition to GM labelling
In a striking reversal of their previous position, on Tuesday, during the annual Codex summit in Geneva, the US delegation dropped its opposition to the GM labelling guidance document, allowing it to move forward and become an official Codex text.