According to the most recent research there is not one single food product in the shelves of Austrian food retailers that would need to be labelled as genetically modified, according to the Regulation (EC) No. 1829/2003 and Regulation (EC) No. 1830 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified food and feed products, The consumers’ clear desire for GMO-free food ensured that almost every single retailer consistently opposes listing any products that are subject to labelling.
Still, even 10 years after its decision, the EU Labelling Regulation reveals considerably large gaps: Genetically modified feed does not need to be labelled. However: the major share of genetically modified products – i.e. soy or corn – is being used for animal feed.
Ensured freedom of GMO can only be guaranteed for food and feed products that are manufactured according to strict production criteria and are continuously monitored: Organic products and food labelled as „Ohne Gentechnik hergestellt“.
Production specifications for organic products are regulated within the EU Organic Regulation. In Austria the “Directive Defining the ‘GMO-free Production’ of Food and its Labelling” in the regulations of the Austrian Codex Alimentarius applies for the production and monitoring of conventional food.