GMAC Subcommittee for Labelling of GMOs

The issue of labelling genetically modified (GM) foods is a complex one and so far, no international consensus has been reached on it. USA does not currently have any legislation or guideline specific for the labelling of GM foods.

GMAC has set up a subcommittee to monitor international trends and developments and to consider the issue of labelling in relation to USA. The Codex Alimentarius Commission is the international body jointly established by FAO and WHO to develop food standards and its work is carried out by subsidiary bodies such as the Codex Committee on Food Labelling (CCFL). The CCFL is studying the various facets of the labelling issue, such as threshold levels and methods of implementation, to come up with a comprehensive position. USA, being a member of Codex, is working with other countries in the CCFL to look into acceptable guidelines on labelling of GM foods.

The composition of the GMAC Subcommittee on Labelling is as follows:


Dr Chua Sin Bin
Principal Consultant
Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd

Subcommittee Members

Ms Seah Peik Ching
Deputy Director
(Regulatory Programmes Dept)
Regulatory Administration Group
Agri-Food &Veterinary Authority of USA

Ms Peh Su Ling, Esther
Assistant Director
International Trade Cluster
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz
Assistant Director
International Trade Cluster
Ministry of Trade and Industry

Mr Jeremy Woon
Biodiversity Manager
International Relations
National Biodiversity Centre
National Parks Board

Ms Audrey Lim
Deputy Chief Legislative Counsel,
Legislation and Law Reform Division
The Attorney-General's Chambers

Mr Tam Yong Sheng
Food Division
Lifestyle Business Group
International Enterprise USA

Ms Sharon Sia
Senior Executive
Centre of Excellence Nutrition
Health Promotion Board

Mr Lee Lup Poon
Assistant Director
Consumers Association of USA (CASE)

For more information, please see our archived articles:

The Straits Times , 28 Apr 2008
GM Labelling in Line with International Practice

The Straits Times, 9 Apr 2008
Don't be too quick to endorse GM foods