moved for leave to introduce Bill C-456, An Act to amend the Food and Drugs Act (mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods).
Mr. Speaker, I am reintroducing this bill from the 38th Parliament. It is an act to amend the Food and Drugs Act with respect to mandatory labelling for genetically modified foods.
This bill will ensure mandatory labelling of genetically modified foods. Canadian consumers have the right to know what they are eating.
Polls have shown that over 80% of consumers want to know what they are eating.
As predicted, the voluntary labelling standard introduced in 2004 has not resulted in any labels on genetically modified foods. There are many reasons why Canadians want to know if they are eating genetically modified foods. It is a matter of choice. For that reason, I am introducing the bill today.
(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)