Occurrence of genetically modified ingredients in food in 2008


<p>Finnish Food Safety Authority Evira monitors the occurrence of genetically modified ingredients in food by means of annual random tests. In 2008 a total of 29 food products were analysed. Two of the products were found to be non-conforming.</p>

Non-authorised genetically modified rice ”Bt63” was found in one rice vermicelli sample. The product was withdrawn from the market and destroyed, and consumers were informed about the matter. An RASFF notification (Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed) was also submitted. One soy bean jelly sample contained genetically modified soy in excess of the 0.9% labelling limit. Evira ordered the importer to make the required changes in the labelling of the product. Municipal control authorities were also requested to enhance their control of the importer's in-house control activities.

The samples, which were taken from food products containing soy and maize (e.g. tofu products and precooked food products) as well as from Chinese and American rice products, were analysed for non-authorised genetically modified rice. Samples were also taken from organic food products, which are GM controlled as part of the annual control plan for genetically modified food. The use of genetically modified ingredients in organic food products is forbidden. All the analysed organic samples tested negative for GM ingredients.

A summary report of the occurrence of genetically modified ingredients in food is available at (in Finnish): http://www.evira.fi/portal/fi/elintarvikkeet/valvonta_ja_yritt__j__t/muuntogeeniset_elintarvikkeet__gmo_/muuntogeenisten_ainesten_esiintyminen_elintarvikkeissa_vuonna_2008/

For more information, please contact:
Sanna Viljakainen, Senior Inspector, sanna.viljakainen@evira.fi, tel. +358 (0) 20 77 24291


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