"Ohne GenTechnik" is the most distinct food label - and should remain so!

- The [German] Quality Seal Monitor 2023 certifies, the green "Ohne GenTechnik" (Non-GMO) diamond has the most distinct content of the 20 food seals analyzed. To ensure that this remains the case, the EU's GMO standards must be preserved.

Quality Seal Monitor 2023, Splendid Research GmbH

In the survey by the market research company Splendid Research, "Ohne GenTechnik" is also far ahead in third place in terms of trust in the seal, only two percentage points behind the leader in this category, the "V-Label" for vegan products. More than half of the respondents (57 percent) know the "Ohne GenTechnik" seal.

"In order to maintain the explicit message of 'Ohne Gentechnik' and the high level of trust in our label, the EU's genetic engineering standards must be preserved. Exceptions and special rules for new genetic engineering procedures would acutely endanger the distinct labelling and thus the transparency for consumers", comments Alexander Hissting, Managing Director of the Association for Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG). "I hope that the EU Environment Council in Brussels this week will also send a critical signal opposing the deregulation plans of the EU Commission. Fortunately, the German Minister for Environment and Consumer Protection, Steffi Lemke, has so far taken a clear position against lowering GMO standards."

For the Quality Seal Monitor 2023, the market research company Splendid Research conducted a representative survey of over 2,500 people in Germany on various aspects of the topic of quality seals. 20 seals from the food sector were examined more closely, in addition to "Ohne GenTechnik", among others from the organic, vegan, animal welfare and fairtrade sectors.

On 16 March 2023, the EU Environment Council will adress, among other things, the "regulation of plants obtained by novel genomic techniques".

Splendid Research: Qualiy Seal Monitor 2023 (complete study is available for a fee) (in German)

Environment Council meeting, 16 March 2023