Canada unlikely to follow US lead on mandatory GMO labeling

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[New Democratic Party MP Pierre-Luc Dusseault], the person behind the latest federal private member’s bill on GMO labelling, says it’s something most Canadians want, but a representative of Canada’s plant biotech industry is skeptical the bill’s terms would meet Health Canada’s requirements.

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The bill . . . calls for all genetically modified (GM) foods to be mandatorily labelled. . . .

Dusseault says he proposed the bill because. . . “I have heard a lot of concern from various groups, and mostly from citizens asking for mandatory labelling” on GM foods.

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Ian Affleck, CropLife Canada . . ., says they’re not in favour of the mandatory labelling.

CropLife Canada is the association representing the plant biotechnology and crop protection industries.

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Since Canada’s mandatory labelling regime is about nutrition and safety, “to mandatorily label something gives the impression to the public that it is a nutrition or safety concern so it would lead to potentially misinformation rather than additional information,” [says Affleck]

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“There’s a consensus among the scientific community that these foods are safe,” Affleck adds.

Read full, original post: Canadian plant biotech industry weighs in on GMO labelling bill

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