Is Canada ready? Evaluating the infrastructure supporting the tracing and identification of genetically modified organisms in Canada


Marie-France Huot


Option consommateurs




This report first attempts to define the concept of tracing, its applications and its consequences for genetically modified foods and crops. Indeed, Option consommateurs believes it's important to precisely define this relatively new concept so that readers may concretely understand its reach. Afterwards a review of the management tools of a tracing system is presented, such as the current analysis methods used to detect GMOs. Option consommateurs then takes a look at the current European regulations surrounding a GMO tracing system, as well as the steps that France is taking to implement detection standards. The following section attempts to determine the costs related to this system, by taking as an example a few studies done on this subject. The position taken by consumers and the various entities of the food industry is also given, as well as their demands and expectations in relation to a Canadian tracing system for genetically modified foods and crops. This section also includes an evaluation of the Canadian infrastructure which would be responsible for this system, by defining the role played by the various entities of the food industry. Finally, we conclude with the report's highlights, as well as a set of recommendations resulting from Option consommateurs’ own analysis of the subject and with what the future holds for GMO tracing.

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