Genetically engineered food – in the supermarket?

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Genetically engineered food – in the supermarket?


It comes to the topic of genetic engineering in foods, most consumers are very skeptical. We can find genetically modified food in the supermarket? How to recognize genetically modified food? These are critical questions many consumers. Years ago the “Anti-mush-tomato has triggered” the first discussion of genetically engineered food. Since then, our fruit and vegetables are eyed critically.

However, until today there are in the fruit and vegetable shelf is not a Plant that is suitable for direct consumption, in genetically modified Form. Known a wide diffusion of some genetically modified crops such as soy and Corn. We find this also in our food? And how do we recognize them?


Clear labelling is necessary

Genetically modified food must be labelled in accordance with the legislation clear and unambiguous. Is genetically engineered food must be on the label: “genetically modified” or “genetically modified …. manufactured”. You can find it in the German super market shelves are rarely food with this note, because only a few genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are approved in Germany. At best food to land in the shopping basket with the following ingredients:

  • Oil from genetically modified soya beans or genetically modified oilseed rape
  • Starch from genetically modified Corn
  • Dextrose from genetically modified corn starch
  • Lecithin from genetically modified soy beans
  • Aroma from genetically modified soy protein.

Who imagines himself to be now in safety, to live in a GM food-free Zone, it must, however, be disappointed.

Contamination is inevitable

Genetic engineering is the most common for important crops such as soybean, Maize, canola and cotton. So about 60% of the worldwide production of soya beans are produced from genetically modified varieties. In particular, soy and Corn ingredients are the Basis for many foods. Oil for the margarine production, the emulsifier Lecithin and Vitamin E are often made from soy beans. Corn starch serves as the starting substance for the production of grape sugar and glucose syrup.

Food ingredients from raw materials to be used in genetically modified plants, these generally are not subject to labeling. Since the world wide range of genetically modified crops, contamination of conventional products is difficult to avoid, was set by the legislature, a threshold value of 0.9%. This does not mean that a label is necessary, if

  • it’s a do not intend to contamination with genetically modified plants
  • the proportion of the respective amount of the affected ingredient is not more than 0.9 percent.

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