Last Wednesday the FSA (Food Standards Agency) published a survey saying only 2% of consumers look for GM information on labels. Despite the low number of people actually looking for GM information two-third of the British public agrees to say it is important to labelled products with genetically modified ingedients.


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The reports suggest that it is important for consumers to be able to choose between GM and GM-free food. It has also been said that 67% of shoppers think it is important to mention if the food is from animals fed on GM plants (for meat, egg, milk).

Current discussions within the EU about the future of GM labelling are to be held in order to make the UK’s public view understood. Some countries within the EU are already labelling GM or GM-free products.

Future labelling is a key issue to keep consumers informed of what kind of ingredients their food has. Despite this low 2% of people looking for GM information, people preferred product to be labelled as containing GM ingredients rather GM-free ingredients. On the other hand, when they were told that GM-free products usually come from animals which are fed with GM plants, they considered it should be labelled.

People are still asking for clear labelling of products containing GM ingredients. The government, supermarkets and the FSA are still making it quite unclear about the presence of GM in food as well as GM-fed animals.

This shows the importance of industrial labelling and deciding what information to print on each product is.

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