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South Africa to label GM food ingredients

The South African government is to tighten the labelling of food containing genetically modified ingredients, and not just organisms, South African legal information service, sabinetlaw, reports. The Department for Trade and Industry has issued draft amendments to rules that would require labelling of the presence of 5% GM material. The label would read: “contains genetically modified ingredients or components”. Notices that food does not contain GM ingredients or components would only be permitted if it contained less than 1%, while those goods that are unable to be tested would have to carry a label indicating that ”it may contain” GM ingredients. The proposals would amend the Consumer Protection Act and are open to public comment until November 9th.

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