GM Labeling Delayed Down Under

Published online: Oct 29, 2001
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The labeling of genetically modified food for existing product in Australia and New Zealand has been delayed for a year.

Australian health ministers overrode New Zealand's push to introduce the labels Dec. 7.

The Australia-New Zealand Food Authority-made up of nine Australian ministers and the New Zealand health minister-decided to give manufacturers an extra 12 months to meet new regulations.

This means stock already on the shelf will not have to be removed or relabeled. Only food bought, manufactured or imported after Dec. 7 would be affected.