moved for leave to introduce Bill C-287, an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (genetically modified food).
Mr. Speaker, the bill, as you have already indicated, would provide for a mandatory labelling system of all food ingredients that are or that contain a genetically modified organism.
The bill would require the genetic history of a food or food ingredient to be recorded and traced through all stages of distribution, manufacturing, packaging and sale. This requirement would ensure accurate labelling.
The precautionary approach adopted in the bill would allow the Minister of Health to monitor the presence of genetically modified foods in the Canadian food chain and to initiate research into the potential long term effects of the consumption of genetically modified foods on human health.
Finally, the bill would also enable food manufacturers and consumers to make an informed decision when purchasing products containing genetically modified material.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)