Comments on Japan’s Genetically Modified Organism Labeling System

5.Global Trend of GMO Labeling Systems

 In the United States, where legislative discussions are currently underway on GMO labeling, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has commented that vegetable oils are not subject to labeling due to their absence of DNA and protein. In South Korea, which has been reviewing mandatory GMO labeling since 2016, vegetable oils are also exempt from such regulations. The European Union is attempting to mandate that all processed foods, including vegetable oils, display their GMO contents, but this system applies primarily to regional markets in Europe and is not effective for product exports.
 More recently, Canada scrapped a bill on a GMO labeling system in May 2017 after review and consideration, declaring that the country should be involved in regulating food safety, but not in developing a labeling system for consumer choice.