By: Yang Shu-min and Frances Huang
Taipei, June 19 (CNA) A U.S. firm has submitted an application to export genetically modified potatoes
to Taiwan, while the Council of Agriculture said on Monday that it will tighten its regulations governing imports of genetically modified potatoes from the United States by asking food suppliers to label products made using GM potatoes.
The COA comment was made after the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) of the Ministry of Health and Welfare posted a notice indicating that a U.S. firm — SPS International Inc. — has submitted an application to export a variety of GM potato to Taiwan.
While the FDA said the agency will review the application it reiterated that no decision has been as to when or whether approval will be given. The COA added that a move to label products made with GM potatoes will protect local produced potatoes.