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[SANET-MG] Codex committee on GM food labelling
Today US tries to prevent GM labellings in world trade. Next,
pharmaceutical gene polluted foods will be forced on the world market,
without warning or identification. I think the next target of US will be
to control organic food through codex ant to force GM food to be labeled
Codex committee defers decision on biotech labeling.
Thursday, May 12, 2005 Volume 7, Issue 90 pesticide and toxic
The Codex Committee on Food Labeling on May 11 deferred a decision on
draft guidelines for mandatory labeling of bioengineered food in
response to opposition from the United States and four other countries,
according to Consumers International.
CI, which sent a 12-member team to the meeting in Kota Kinabalu,
Malaysia, to lobby for biotech labeling, reported that during debate 30
delegations spoke in favor and 18 remained silent.
"Despite the overwhelming support for labeling, the conclusion of the
meeting was to defer a decision," CI said. "Discussions will continue
over the year, but little other progress was made at the meeting."
The United States has kept biotech labeling bottled up in the CCFL for
more than a decade. This year the U.S. argued that the committee should
abandon work on the issue if it cannot make progress.
In addition to the United States, countries that tried to terminate
discussion on biotech labeling guidelines included Argentina, Mexico,
Paraguay and the Philippines, CI said. European Union member-states
favored continuing discussion, along with Japan, Brazil, Malaysia,
India, Kenya, Indonesia, Switzerland, Norway, New Zealand, Tunisia,
Senegal, Swaziland, Panama, Turkey and Ghana.
"The interests of biotech companies are being put before consumer
interests," commented Samuel Ochieng, CEO of Kenya's Consumers
Information Network and head of the CI lobbying team. "However, we are
encouraged that many countries are beginning to recognize the need for
labeling, and next time we hope to move forward."
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