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Mexican Senate Votes To Require Labeling Foods Containing Genetically Modified Ingredients

ISSN:1054-8890
LADB Article ID: 53932
Category/Department: Mexico
Date: 2000-04-05
By: LADB Staff

The Mexican Senate has approved legislation requiring labeling of all foods that contain genetically modified ingredients. The bill, approved unanimously by the upper house, was expected to gain easy approval in the Chamber of Deputies. The measure is consistent with the UN biosafety protocol adopted at a meeting of 140 national representatives in Montreal in January of this year. Several European countries already require labeling of genetically modified foods. Sen. Samuel Aguilar, chair of the Senate health committee (Comision de Salud), said the measure requires domestic food manufacturers and importers to identify genetically modified food products. He said the bill does not aim to halt technological progress, but merely to provide the most information possible to Mexican consumers. "We are looking after the right to information and the health of Mexicans," said Aguilar, a member of the governing Partido Revolucionario Institucional (PRI).

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