Brussels is proposing the full tracing of the presence of GMOs in food through a scheme to be set up in 2002. All EU-approved GMOs would have their own reference codes. These would be passed on through each transaction in the production chain along with a clear indication a product contains GM or GM-derived ingredients. Labelling will clearly play an important role. All prepackaged foods will have to carry a label declaring "this product contains GM organisms". Each producer and handler of foods along the chain will have to keep records dating back five years showing where GM goods came from, and where they were sold to. With new GMO control legislation agreed last week, the Commission sees this tracing legislation as completing the framework of consumer protection on GM products. Brussels says the traceability rules "should not imply significant extra costs for operators," as most of the added information required could "largely be incorporated into existing systems". {{NEWS }}