India passes GMO labeling law, but some worry its provisions were poorly planned
(NaturalNews) The world’s second most populous country, India, has finally given some teeth to an earlier draft ruling from 2006 that mandates the labeling of all foods that contain genetically-modified organisms (GMOs). And while the move represents yet another positive step towards full food transparency, details about how the new requirements will be implemented and enforced are still lacking, say some, which raises a number of important questions about how to approach future grassroots GMO labeling initiatives elsewhere throughout the world.
As reported by the U.K.’s Daily Mail, India’s “Legal Metrology Rules” for packaged commodities came into effect on January 1, 2013, and one of its provisions states that “every package containing the [sic] genetically modified food shall bear at the top of its principal display panel the letters ‘GM.'” The assumption, of course, is that people will recognize the letters GM and understand them to mean “genetically-modified.”
But just because many members of the natural health community and select others understand GM to mean “genetically modified” does not mean that the average person will also recognize it as such. Though India is far different both culturally and socially than the U.S., it is safe to assume that printing the letters “GM” at the top of all food packages will come across as confusing or even meaningless to many Indian shoppers just as it would to many U.S. shoppers, adding further problems to already-belabored GMO labeling efforts in India.