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Sixty-One Countries Now Require Labels on Genetically Engineered Food

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Washington, D.C. - Latest research shows 61 nations enforce consumer 'right to know' laws for GE foods, while U.S. lags behind

Center for Food Safety (CFS) has announced the release of its new, interactive Genetically Engineered (GE) Food Labeling Laws map detailing the powerful, growing presence of laws requiring information on GE content in consumer food products around the world. Global food policy research conducted by CFS confirms that 61 countries, including member nations of the European Union, Russia, China, Brazil, Australia, Turkey and South Africa require standards of mandatory GE food labeling. The United States is not included on the list of governments providing open, accurate information on the source of foods on grocery shelves.

As the spread of commercialized GE food products mount, the number of people exposed to GE foods globally has grown. This makes truth in labeling of GE food ingredients increasingly fundamental to preserving consumer choice and protecting personal health. The CFS GE Food Labeling Laws map provides an instant overview on the advance of labeling mandates across the globe, and will continue documenting the growth of GE labeling as more nations establish these laws. As detailed on the map, India will join the roster of nations requiring GE labeling in 2013.

"One quick glance at the map and you know the U.S. is truly lost on GE labeling," said CFS executive director, Andrew Kimbrell. "With all we know about the human health and environmental impacts of GE products, it's encouraging to see the number of nations that have embraced labeling. Yet, at the same time it's frustrating and offensive that Americans are denied the information about their food that those in Kenya and Saudi Arabia receive."
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