Anne A. MacKenzie
Canadian Food Inspection Agency

The Codex Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL) is currently considering the issue of genetically modified (GM) food labeling in an effort to develop guidelines for international harmonization. This paper provides a summary of the CCFL’s seven-year effortto develop a standard for the labeling of biotechnology-derived foods. It is hoped that the CCFL will continue to meet its objective of protecting consumers while facilitating trade by developing the best labeling policies for harmonization.

Key words: Codex Alimentarius Commission (Codex); Committee on Food Labeling (CCFL); genetically modified (GM); international harmonization.