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Biotechnology - Labelling

Products consisting of or containing GMOs and food products obtained from GMOs which have been authorised on the basis of the procedure under Directive 2001/18/EC (Part C) or Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 are subject to traceability and labelling requirements pursuant to Regulations (EC) Nos 1829/2003 and 1830/2003.

Labelling provides information for consumers and users of the product and allows them to make an informed choice.

Generally speaking, in the case of pre-packaged products consisting of or containing GMOs, Regulation (EC) No 1830/2003 requires operators to state on a label that "This product contains genetically modified organisms". In the case of non-pre-packaged products offered to the final consumer, these words must appear on, or in connection with, the display of the product.

Food products (containing or consisting of GMOs, produced from GMOs or containing ingredients produced from GMOs) delivered as such to the final consumer or to mass caterers (restaurants, hospitals, canteens and similar establishments) must be labelled in accordance with Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003, regardless of whether or not the final product contains DNA or protein resulting from genetic modification. The labelling obligation also applies to highly refined products, such as oil obtained from genetically modified maize.


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