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France defines GMO-free products

The French High Council of Biotechnologies (HCB) has defined GMO-free products. It says that plant products containing less than 0.1% of transgenic DNA should be labelled as GMO-free. That constitutes the lowest level that is technically feasible to ensure compliance and consumer confidence, it says. The definition is a key element of the implementation of a regulation passed in June last year, guaranteeing "freedom to consume and produce with or without GMOs”. The next step is for the government to prepare a draft decree on the labelling of products from GMO-free channels. It will also lay out the terms of co-existence of food chains. The legislation will be submitted for review to the HCB. The Council was appointed in June this year to inform the government on all matters involving GMOs and biotechnology ( Agrow No 570, p 12).

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