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NEWSFLASH: NZ Position On Food Labeling Adopted

The ANZFA Ministers have today decided to adopt what amounted to the New Zealand position on the labeling of GE food. A Press Conference on the decision has just broken up.

According to Scoop’s reporter NZ and the States of Australia effectively ganged up on the more liberal position being advocated by Australian PM John Howard.

Only Western Australia and Northern Territory supported Howard’s option and the decision adopted means Australasia will have a “slightly stronger” position on labeling than recently adopted by the EU – in that ANZFA has not granted an exemption for “GE processing aids”.

The position adopted means labeling is mandatory except for in the case of the uses of highly refined oils, sugars and starches which are not detectable because the GE component has been refined out of the end product.

The industry – according to an Australian Grocers representative at the press conference - says testing is a waste of money but he thought they could live with the agreement.

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