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Brazil Parliament OKs bill to end GMO labels

The Brazilian lower house of Parliament has approved a bill seeking to end the obligation to label products as containing genetically modified organisms. MPs voted by 320 votes to 135 to back the amended change proposed by the bill’s promoter, Luis Carlos Heinze. Mr Heinze argued that the change would bring Brazil into line with the UN FAO and trading bloc Mercosul’s rules on labelling. Mercosul includes member states Argentina, Paraguay and Uruguay. The text of the bill would result in labels not being required to carry a “T”, marking the contents as containing more than 1% of transgenic or GMO material. However, products that do not contain GMO material may continue to be labelled if laboratory analysis proves their total absence. Text in the bill allowing such GMO-free labelling only if other similar products containing GMOs were available in Brazil was withdrawn. The bill passes to the upper house, the Senate.

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