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German agribusiness calls for stricter GMO labelling

Key German food and farmer representatives have blasted the use of “GM-free” stamps as dishonest, the newswire GMO Compass reports. It cites German newspaper Suedeutsche Zeitung. German food industry federation chief Matthias Horst has reportedly called for transparent labelling for any food containing genetically modified organisms. Any "incidental, technically unavoidable" admixtures of GMOs – especially widespread in foods containing soya – are not required to be labelled. If they were, an estimated 60% of the food products in Germany would be so labelled, Compass notes. Farmer association president Gerhard Sonnleitner backs the call. All feed contains GMOs, so products such as milk and meat should not be allowed to be as labelled GMO-free, he says.

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