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South Africa mulls GMO labelling changes

South Africa is mulling changes to its regulations on mandatory labelling of the presence of genetically modified material in food and drink, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) reports. The Consumer Protection Bill came into effect in April 2011, requiring “virtually every” product label in the country to comply with mandatory GMO labelling. Business groups subsequently met the country commissioner of consumer protection to discuss concerns. Various government ministries have since considered new guidelines, and publication of draft guidelines are expected imminently, the FAS says. The planting of GM lines dominate the maize and soybean areas in South Africa (see this issue).

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