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Aug 2, 2010

Peru Mandates GM Food Labeling

National Institute for Defense of
Competition & Protection of Intellectual
Property (Indecopi) building in Lima, Peru
photo courtesy of Peru 21
On 2 August 2010 SciDev.Net reported that Peru's government had issued a decree on 22 July 2010 mandating Peruvian companies to label all products containing gene modified (GM) food.  The new law is aimed at providing consumers with more information regarding their consumption of GM food.

The mandate was issued by the tribunal of the National Institute for the Defense of Competition and Protection of Intellectual Property (Indecopi).  The impetus for the mandate began in 2009 as a complaint by the Peruvian Association of Consumers (ASPEC) against two importers trading in Brazilian soybean oil.  A majority of Brazilian soybean oil is gene modified.

Opponents to the mandate note that there is no scientific proof that GM crops pose a risk to human health.  They also note that Peru will not be conducting any scientific tests on any GM products in conjunction with labelling.  They conclude that the labelling is purely politically motivated and not scientific.  Supporters of the bill state that the consumer has a right to know if they are consuming GM products.

For more see:

Portillo, Zoraida. "Perú: alimentos de origen transgénico serán etiquetados," SciDev.Net, 2 August 2010.

"Reforzarán regulación de transgénicos," Peru 21, 23 July 2010.

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