A call for GE labeling in Thailand

Feature story - April 1, 2001
a public outcry forced the Minister of Public Health to announce that the Thai government would institute a mandatory labeling regulation covering genetically modified food. Earlier, Greenpeace Southeast Asia confirmed the presence of GM food in Thai supermarkets and estimates that about one out of four processed food items are already contaminated.

Three months later, the Thai Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the agency tasked to draft the labeling regulation, came out with a very weak draft. Greenpeace argues that the draft regulation does very little to protect the rights and welfare of Thai consumers. Instead, it is seen as one that serves the interests of the multinational biotech and food companies, who still insist on feeding the Thai public with significant quantities of GMOs.

There is a growing global demand for labeling and certification of food as GE-free. In Thailand, a survey commissioned by Greenpeace shows the overwhelming clamor of the Thai people for a full and strict labeling system for ingredients derived from GMOs.

Although the Thai government has banned the commercialization of GM crops, there is still no policy that regulates imported food items and ingredients that may have been derived from GMOs. Greenpeace, thus, calls on the Thai government to come up with a more comprehensive and strict mandatory labeling system to effectively protect Thai consumers from the unwanted and unavoidable risks of genetically engineered food.

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