GM food labeling approved

by Emily Buckley
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BRUSSELS, BELGIUM — E.U. agriculture ministers have formally approved labeling rules for foods containing genetically modified ingredients, paving the way for the sale of such foods in Europe beginning this fall.

Under the new rules, all food products in which GM ingredients represent more than 0.9% of the finished item will have to clearly carry the words, "This product is produced from Genetically Modified Organisms."

A new register will be established requiring businesses dealing in GMO-derived products to trace each product from its point of origin to the supermarket shelf.

A newly established European Food Safety Authority will assess the safety of all new biotech products before they can be sold.

In addition, each of the 15 E.U. nations may set their own rules to keep GM seeds from blowing onto fields producing conventional or organic foodstuffs.