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TITLE:   ANTI-GMO PETITION WANTS BETTER LABELLING

SOURCE:  The News, Poland

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URL:     http://www.thenews.pl/business/artykul142811_anti-gmo-petition-wants-better-labelling.html

DATE:    04.11.2010

SUMMARY: "Ten thousand Poles have signed a civic petition addressed to Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanding accurate labelling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). The signatures were collected by the independent Civic Affairs Institute, which launched the campaign ?Natural Genes?, aiming is to make food producers fulfil their duty to label food products properly."

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ANTI-GMO PETITION WANTS BETTER LABELLING

Ten thousand Poles have signed a civic petition addressed to Prime Minister Donald Tusk demanding accurate labelling of foodstuffs containing genetically modified organisms (GMO). The signatures were collected by the independent Civic Affairs Institute, which launched the campaign ?Natural Genes?, aiming is to make food producers fulfil their duty to label food products properly. Marek Kryda, an expert from the Institute, says that foodstuffs containing more than 0.9 percent GMO should be labelled clearly. But buyers in large shopping chains in Poland can rarely obtain information from their personnel whether a given product is or is not free from GMOs. Rafal Gorski, the Institute president, says that when 50,000 to 100,000 signatures are collected, the petition will be handed over to Poland?s lawmakers. He adds that the Institute is preparing a letter to the European Commission asking it to place Poland before the European Tribunal of Justice for violating the EU directive o
 n the creation of a register of GMO crops in Poland.




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