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TITLE:   LABELS DEMAND AFTER SHOCK GM SOY-DRINK TESTS

SOURCE:  The Standard, China

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URL:     http://www.thestandard.com.hk/news_detail.asp?pp_cat=11&art_id=115212&sid=33740958&con_type=1

DATE:    16.09.2011

SUMMARY: "The Consumer Council has called for a mandatory labeling system on all pre-packaged and genetically modified food sold in Hong Kong after revealing that half the soy drinks on the market contain GM ingredients. It detected GM ingredients in half the 50 samples tested, though some had very limited amounts that were hardly quantifiable. Seven of the soy drinks tested with GM components are labelled ?Organic? on the packaging."

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LABELS DEMAND AFTER SHOCK GM SOY-DRINK TESTS

The Consumer Council has called for a mandatory labeling system on all pre-packaged and genetically modified food sold in Hong Kong after revealing that half the soy drinks on the market contain GM ingredients.

It detected GM ingredients in half the 50 samples tested, though some had very limited amounts that were hardly quantifiable.

Seven of the soy drinks tested with GM components are labelled ?Organic? on the packaging.

A further four, three of which are manufactured in Taiwan and the other in Hong Kong, contained 0.2 to 1.1 percent of GM components.

Two of these had labels claiming ?non-GMO,? meaning no genetically modified organisms in the drinks.

Ambrose Ho Pui-him, the council?s publicity and community relations committee vice chairman, suggests food manufacturers avoid using ?non-GMO? labels since the food may be accidentally contaminated by GM components during the production process.

At present, there is only a voluntary labeling guideline issued by the Centre for Food Safety, but no specific law governing sales and mandatory labeling.

?It has yet to be proved that GM food is harmful to human health when compared to traditional food, and the long-term effect towards human health is still unknown,? Ho said.