An argument has erupted over how Polish authorities hope to punish people suspected of smuggling genetically modified food into the country. The Sejm had warned that such people could expect up to eight years in prison, however experts from the agriculture ministry argue that Polish laboratories are unable to provide sufficient evidence of guilt because they cannot identify which products have been genetically modified.

A source from a US food producer told Zycie newspaper that the system, as it stands at the moment, “depends on our good will” because the inspectors have no option but to believe what is written in import documents.