Biotech Updates

Vietnam Sets New Rules on Labeling GM Foods

December 16, 2015

Starting January 2016, prepackaged genetically modified (GM) foods in Vietnam must be labeled, according to Joint Circular No. 45/2015/TTLT- BNNPTNT-BKHCN issued by the Vietnam's Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development and the Ministry of Science and Technology. Subject to this Circular are food products containing at least one GM ingredient making up over five percent of their total ingredients.

GM products with a total labeling area smaller than 10 cm2, producers are required to inscribe the "genetically modified" phrase in the labels. GM foods with improper labels will not be permitted for production and trading starting January 2016. If by that date, such foods are still circulating on the market, they may continue to be permitted for trading till their expiry date. Fresh and live GM plants and animals, unpackaged GM foods, and those produced for export only are some items not subject to this regulation.

For more on the new rules, read the article on Vietnam Law and Legal Forum.