08 September 1998
Minister criticises GM labelling

LORD SAINSBURY, the science minister, criticised biotechnology firms and food retailers for not labelling products containing genetically-modified (GM) contents.

He said: “This is a case where choice for the consumer is very important.”

The main area of contention has been the arrival of foods made from GM soya, grown since 1986 from seeds made by Monsanto. US soya farmers have refused to separate the GM from the natural variety.