UK Consumers Want Safety Testing, Risk Assessment, and Labelling of “Precision Bred” GMOs

Food Standards Agency must require labels to ensure safety and transparency

March 13, 2023 | Source: GM Watch

The UK Food Standards Agency (FSA) has published a paper on the Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, which reports the results of its consumer research on gene editing and other GMO technologies claimed as “precision breeding”.

The findings show that the level of consumer awareness of these technologies was low. In GMWatch’s view, this is not surprising given the fact that the FSA called gene editing and other GM technologies “precision breeding”, a misleading term that the UK government invented to hide the fact that the products of these technologies are in fact GMOs. Accordingly, three-quarters of polling respondents (75%) had not heard of precision breeding.

Consumers thought benefits outweighed risks if the technology was properly regulated, but they “were very clear in their desire for thorough safety testing of all new precision bred products.