Australia/New Zealand

Mandatory labelling requirements took effect in December 2001. Labelling is now required in cases where foods have altered characteristics, such as changed nutritional values, or when foods contain novel DNA or protein as a result of genetic modification. Up to 1.0% unintended contamination is permitted.


  • Foods obtained from GM crops, but which do not contain novel DNA or proteins (oils, sugars, starches etc. from GM soy, corn, canola)
  • Food additives and processing aids (unless novel DNA or protein is present in the final food product)
  • Flavors (when present at less than 0.1% in the final food product)
  • Food prepared at point of sale (restaurants)
  • Foods obtained from crops that have been genetically modified through techniques other than recombinant DNA

(For further details, go to Food Standards Australia New Zealand:

Other countries:

  1. Saudi Arabia
  2. Brazil
  3. Canada
  4. China
  5. Czech Republic
  6. European Union
  7. Hong Kong
  8. Israel
  9. Japan
  10. Korea
  11. Malaysia
  12. Russia
  13. Switzerland
  14. Taiwan
  15. Thailand
  16. USA

Related article:

  1. Pocket K No. 5 - Labeling GM Foods - View
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