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GMO labelling laws in force in Sao Paulo

New rules on the marketing of genetically modified foodstuffs have come into force this month in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo. Product labels are to notify the presence of GMOs if they contain at least 1% of GM material. Such products must also be displayed away from other produce. The move was notified in December last year with suppliers and retailers having 180 days to meet the requirements. The authorities are to start inspecting manufacturers and retail outlets imminently, and will issue fines and confiscate unlabelled products that contain more than 1% GM material. Ultimate penalties include suspension of commercial activities and cancellation of company licences. The confederation of industry has challenged the move at the Supreme Court on grounds of reasonableness and the real necessity of the law, business newspaper DCI reports.

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