The Colombian Constitutional Court granted the Congress a period of two years to legislate on the level of information that should be included on the labels of food products to indicate whether or not they include Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs). If after that time Congress has not yet ordered said inclusion the Law 1480 of 2011 -the Consumer Statute- will be considered as unconstitutional.
The High Court considered that consumers are entitled to receive the minimum information in connection with the presence of GMOs in the products they are consuming. The Court stated that failure to provide the same would infringe their fundamental rights.
This pronouncement was made after examining a claim of unconstitutionality against Article 24 of Law 1480 of 2011 arguing that the legislator failed to include the duty of producers and suppliers of informing if the product or its contents where genetically modified and given the lack of standards in such Law regarding GMOs.
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