Genetically Modified Foods

Genetically Modified Foods 

If a food contains or consists of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), or contains ingredients produced from GMOs, this must be indicated on the label. For genetically modified (GM) products sold 'loose', information must be displayed immediately next to the food to indicate that it is GM.

The GM Food and Feed Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 lays down rules to cover all GM food and animal feed, regardless of the presence of any GM material in the final product. 

This means products such as flour, oils and glucose syrups have to be labelled as GM if they are from a GM source.

Products produced with GM technology (cheese produced with GM enzymes, for example) do not have to be labelled. 

Any intentional use of GM ingredients at any level must be labelled. 
Notices or menus must also indicate which dishes or ingredients contain GM foods. 

As a matter of best practice, staff involved in serving customers will need to be kept informed and should be trained. 

Businesses should make sure that the labelling of all products which they sell meets the requirements of the EC Regulation.

Last updated: 29 November 2019