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GM labeling moves ahead in Hong Kong and South Korea

(February 27, 2001 -- Cropchoice news) -- Both Hong Kong and South Korea are considering labels for foods that contain genetically engineered ingredients.

The Hong Kong government would label foods only if they contain more than 5 percent transgenic ingredients because it contends that measuring below that level is too difficult. Perhaps the real reason is that many foods contain at least that level of genetic contamination.

In two days, the South Korean government, thanks to deep concerns among consumers, will introduce new rules requiring retailers to fully label foods with genetically modified beans, corn and bean sprouts. If the foods aren't packaged, then retailers must place signs nearby to alert consumers to the transgenic content.

Sellers who don't label foods with genetically engineered ingredients could face up to three years in jail.

Sources: Reuters, Just-food.com