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. Singapore 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 Singapore. 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. Singapore, 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:

Name

Role in GMAC

Designation

Organisation

Dr Chua Sin Bin

Subcommittee Chairman

Principal Consultant

Agrifood Technologies Pte Ltd

Ms Seah Peik Ching

Member

Deputy Director
Regulatory Programmes Department
Regulatory Administration Group

Agri-food & Veterinary Authority of Singapore (AVA)

Mr Abdullah Bin Abdul Aziz

Member

Senior Assistant Director Goods & Standards
International Trade Cluster

Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)

Mr Ryan Tan

Member

Assistant Director
International Trade Cluster

Ministry of Trade and Industry (MTI)

Mr Jeremy Woon

Member

Manager(Biodiversity)
International Relations National Biodiversity Centre

National Parks Board (NParks)

Mr Siew Kwok Siong

Member

Assistant Head

Marketing & Communication

Consumers Association of Singapore (CASE)

Ms Danielle Yeow

Member

Deputy-Director General

International Affairs Division

Attorney-General’s Chambers (AGC)


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