In this report, Option consommateurs focuses on the two parts of the regulatory process in which public information and participation are most important: the GMO approval process and GM food labeling. The report begins with an examination of the current Canadian regulatory model, analyzing it to determine its fit with the expectations of Canadian consumers. The report then explores the US, European, Australian, and New Zealand models to identify aspects that may prove useful in improving the Canadian system. The Canadian regulatory process for foods and crops derived from genetic engineering (GM foods and crops) has its strengths and its weaknesses. Like those of the United States, the European Union countries, Australia and New Zealand, it stands to be improved in terms of transparency, information, and public participation. Indeed, consumers and their representatives are expressing a lack of confidence in the government and deep concerns on this subject. Such sentiments were noted, for example, in a series of focus groups commissioned by Option consommateurs.
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Source: Consumer Policy Research Database