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Lawmaker blasts ministry’s concern over ‘trade barriers’

By Alison Hsiao  /  Staff reporter

“Twenty-eight EU member countries have the strictest GM food labeling and tracing regulations. Why does the trade barrier problem not apply to them?” Tien asked.

The complaint about mandatory disclosure of information relating to production facilities was likewise unacceptable for the legislator, who said that food companies can reveal the information as a barcode for the local authority’s reference.

In the US, the information about production facilities does not need to be included on a package’s label, but has to be reported to the local health authority for food source management, Tien said.

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