80% of EU Consumers Want Labels on Meat From Animals Fed GE Grain

80% of EU Consumers Want Labels
on Meat From Animals Fed GE

Press Association (UK)
September 20, 2001


BY: Jude Sheerin, PA News

Most consumers think that meat from animals fed with GM products should be
labelled, according to new research today.

The study by the National Consumer Council (NCC) found that 80% of British
consumers thought the meat should carry GM labelling. The research comes
amid European Commission proposals to extend GM labelling to cover meat from
animals fed with GM products.

Under current EU proposals, any food with a GM contamination level of 1% or
more will have GM labelling.

But 42% of consumers wanted to see zero GM contamination of foods, the NCC
research found.

And almost two-thirds (64%) thought it was important that all food
containing any GM ingredients was labelled as such.

The US was said to be furious last July at EU plans to label all food
containing more than 1% of GM ingredients.

The plans would cost the US 4 billion dollars (#2.7 billion) in exports to
Europe, the government argued, and would undermine efforts to raise public
confidence in agricultural biotechnology.

Deirdre Hutton, NCC chairman, said she was "amazed" the Food Standards
Agency had decided not to support the extension of GM labelling.
"It flies in the face of what we know consumers want," she said.
"Not only is there strong support for information about GM ingredients
generally, but more than half said they would still want to know
specifically about GM derivatives in the food they eat."

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