Guide

Foods containing genetically modified ingredients

Introduction

There are strict controls on importing and using genetically modified (GM) foods and animal feeds. Only GM foods that have been assessed for safety by the European Food Safety Authority and authorised by the European Union (EU) can be sold in the UK or elsewhere in the EU. All food products that contain GM ingredients must be clearly labelled.

The role of the Food Standards Agency (FSA) is to protect public health and consumer interests in relation to food. The FSA is responsible for implementing GM food regulations in the UK, with local councils responsible for enforcement in Northern Ireland.

This guide will help food businesses understand how GM foods are regulated in the UK and what their obligations are when using and labelling GM foods. It provides information on specific steps taken by the European Commission, in consultation with member states, to prevent unauthorised GM foods from being imported into the EU. This guide also includes links to sources of further information and guidance.