French politicians have backed a proposal for mandatory labelling of meat and dairy products from animals raised on genetically modified (GM) feed.
The proposal is contained in the first draft of president Emmanuel Macron’s Food and Agriculture Bill, which is being debated in French parliament.
The Bill is also seeking to make it mandatory for labels to include details of pesticides used on fruit and vegetables.
Calls for a change in the labelling laws came from France Nature Environnement – a federation of environmental groups – which described the result as a victory.
The Food and Agriculture Bill will now be put to the French Senate to examine from 26 June.
If accepted by the senate, the labelling laws will start by January 2023. On-pack labels would have to include information on the conditions under which the animal were raised and whether they had GM feed.
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