Genetically Engineered Food Labeling Laws

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Center for Food Safety

Official ban on genetically engineered (GE) food imports and cultivation.
Mandatory GE Food Labeling Laws
Mandatory labeling of nearly all GE foods and a labeling threshold of 0.9-1% GE content. Threshold refers to content per ingredient in each food item.
Mandatory labeling of many GE foods and a labeling threshold higher than 1% or undefined. This includes laws with a threshold of 1% for the entire food item.
Mandatory labeling of some GE foods, but with numerous exceptions and no labeling threshold defined; or a vague mandatory GE food labeling law that lacks implemention and enforcement provisions.
No GE Food Labeling Law
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Genetically engineered (GE) foods, sometimes referred to as genetically modified (GM) foods, are created by artificially inserting genetic material from one or more organisms into the genetic code of another using modern genetic engineering techniques.

Labeling threshold is a percentage of GE content above which the product must be labeled.

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Center for Food Safety completed the research for this map in September 2012 and will continue to update it as new information becomes available.

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Center for Food Safety
660 Pennsylvania Avenue SE Suite 302
Washington, DC 20003
(202) 547-9395

Original design by AMICI DESIGN/

First printing: July 2003
Second printing: September 2005
Third printing: September 2012
Online version: March 2013

In order to create this map, CFS interpreted current law and expert analysis to determine how best to represent large amounts of information in a straightforward graphic design. Each labeling regime has unique variations that are impossible to fully represent on a map. These laws are dynamic and subject to amendment.

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