Monday, 15 May, 2000

By Boyd Champness

A DECISION to postpone finalisation of labelling requirements for foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients has received widespread condemnation from consumer groups.

But it has been vigorously defended by the Australian New Zealand Food Authority (ANZFA).

According to a report in the Stock and Land, health ministers comprising the Australia NZ Food Standards Council were originally scheduled to thrash out an agreement last week.

But that meeting has now been postponed to 28 July in Wellington, NZ.

Consumer Food Network co-ordinator Dick Copeman told the newspaper that the state and federal ministers wanted to proceed with last weeks meeting but the chairman of the meeting, Senator Grant Tambling, has “ridden roughshod over them and over the long-expressed wishes of consumers to have these foods labelled”.