Sri Lanka regulates GM food

sri lanka introduced labelling norms in January 2007 to regulate genetically modified (gm) food. This is the second attempt after 2001 to regulate gm food.

Under the new rules, Food (Control of Import, Labelling and Sale of Genetically Modified Foods) Regulations 2006, issued by the health ministry, all gm food or food that includes gm organisms must be labelled. If sellers or importers fail to specify so, they could be fined up to 10,000 Sri Lankan rupees (us $100). The choice of consumption is left to the consumer.

P Madarasinghe, director, food control unit, health ministry, says that food products declared by the importer as

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