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Label call for GM-fed livestock

PRESSURE FOR foods derived from genetically modified ingredients to be labelled as such was stepped up this week, as the Food Standards Agency prepared to debate the issue.

In an open letter to FSA board members, pressure group GM Freeze urged the agency to back moves to harmonise GM-free labelling across the EU, which would put labels both on foods containing GM ingredients and, crucially, on foods from animals reared on GM feed.

FSA research published in January 2013 found strong public support for GM-free labels, including on meat, milk and eggs from GM-fed animals, which are currently excluded from the GM labelling regulations.

Despite this research, the FSA has so far failed to recommend harmonisation with Germany, France and Austria, which already operate 'without biotech' labels on animal products.

GM Freeze spokesman Pete Riley said: "Consumers have been demanding comprehensive labelling of GM use in food production for many years, but the FSA has always failed to support it, despite the fine words in their vision statement about ensuring consumers have 'informed choices'.

"We strongly urge the Board to support consumer demand for GM-free labelling, including foods from GM-fed animals, so people will be able to avoid GM products if they wish – a choice they have been denied for the last decade or more."

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