Indian consumers will have the opportunity to know whether the packaged food that they are buying contains genetically modified organisms very soon. The ministry of consumer affairs, food and public distribution stated that every food package containing GMO should carry 'GM' label. Greenpeace India, an environmental NGO, welcomed this step by the government but said that it would hardly make an impact. The GM food debate intensified in India in 2010 when Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) approved Bt Brinjal for commercial release. Interestingly, a similar labeling debate is brewing in US too. World Health Organization (WHO) and many other health experts have acknowledged that there are possibilities of serious allergies in GMO foods.
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