moved for leave to introduce Bill C-500, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (genetically modified food).
Mr. Speaker, Bill C-500 is an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act for genetically modified food. The bill provides for all foods or food ingredients that are or contain genetically modified material to be labelled to this effect, in accordance with regulations of course.
The bill also provides for the application of the precautionary principle in allowing the Minister of Health to monitor and initiate research into the potential long term effects of the consumption of genetically modified food on human health.
Finally, the bill would enable food manufacturers and consumers to make an informed decision on whether to purchase products containing genetically modified material.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)