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Peru to label GMO-containing food

Food retailers in Peru will have to label any packaged food derived from genetically modified organisms. The commercial court, the National Institute of Competition and IP Protection Tribunal, the Indecopi, delivered the ruling last month. It concluded a case brought by the consumer protection association, ASPEC, last year against two importers of Brazilian soybean oil. The product’s packaging carried labels in Brazil, which were removed on import into Peru. The Tribunal found in first instance that the labelled information was “not relevant” to consumers. The ASPEC appealed, citing consumer protection rules that it argued favoured its case. The final ruling makes the labelling a duty, as “GM material employed in processing food constitutes relevant information for consumers to take informed decisions”.

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