Brazil’s rejection of a shipment of Paraguayan corn on suspicion that it contained some GM corn has led Paraguay to adopt a labelling program for its corn and cereal exports. Paraguayan producers can ill afford to lose access to the Brazilian market, which accounts for roughly 50% of foreign corn sales. Paraguay’s four leading corn and cereal exporting companies have contracted the French company SGS to handle the labelling. The labelling companies are responsible for inspecting all shipments and to certify that “GM free” shipments are in fact just that. Implementation of the labelling plan should be well underway by the end of this year and growers are optimistic that it will avoid any downturn in export sales.
By Steve Lewis