South Korea issues GM labeling guidelines

by Emily Wilson
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South Korea's Ministry of Agriculture and Forestry has adopted new labeling guidelines for genetically modified products, according to a report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The guidelines, which took effect March 1, require product labeling if the shipment contains a 3% or higher GM-enhanced component.

Only a commodity that maintains its original form and has not undergone processing, such as crushing, cutting, pressing or heating, is subject to the initial GMO labeling requirement. Effective July 13, 2001, South Korea also will require labeling of processed food products made using GM-enhanced raw ingredients.

The guidelines note the threshold level is set to allow for the unintentional mixing of biotech-enhanced products with non-biotech enhanced products.

Sellers at every stage of the distribution channel, such as producers, importers, intermediaries, wholesalers, retailers and re-packers, are responsible to assure the proper labeling. Products sold in package form must be labeled, and products sold in bulk form should be labeled by post or sign board.

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