07 October 2010 17:20 [Source: ICIS news]
Deutsche Industrievereinigung Biotechnologie (DIB), the biotech industry arm of
It cited a study by Bavaria's
That, however, was not the case, as the current rules provided for a number of exceptions that allowed food products to carry the label even when gene-technology processes were applied somewhere along the production chain, the study said.
Stefan Marcinowski, a BASF executive board member who heads VCI’s biotech group, urged comprehensive and unambiguous labelling requirements for food products to avoid such ambiguity.
“Consumer choice assumes transparent information and unambiguous labelling – a standard the current rules do not meet,” he said.
Consumers needed to know what was in the product and not what was not in the product, he added.
The group called for a “positive labelling” requirement, not only in
VCI stressed that biotechnology products were only marketed after stringent reviews by authorities to ensure that they were safe for people, animals and the environment.
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