22 October 1999
EU plans loose GM labelling rules

THE EU has agreed to new rules for the labelling of genetically modified (GM) foods.

All but one member state backed plans for compulsory labelling of food where any ingredient contains more than 1% GM material.

But organic farming group the Soil Association would like to have seen the rules go further, reports Radio 4s Farming Today.

A spokesman said all genetically modified foods should be labelled, and believed EU regulators had been given no choice due to consumer pressure.

He said the market had already moved further than the one per cent figure with many retailers pushing for a 0.1% limit.

The spokesman predicted regulators would have to lower their threshold in due course.