In 2001, South Korea mandated labeling of foods containing genetically modified (GM) ingredients. The discovery of genetically modified soybeans in tofu in 1999 (Yoo, 1999; Yun, 1999), resulted in the Korea Consumer Protection requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified soybeans and corn. Korean tofu is currently differentiated between domestic and internationally grown GM soybeans
Recently, Monsantra visited Korea in a show of support for that nation’s 0% GM acceptance on organic foods that are grown domestic or imported into Korea. We at PlantBot Genetics sre surprised that any organically farmed US products pass the 0 tolerance rule due to the realities of farming practices, pollen drift, and contamination already in place.
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) backed by the Organic Trade Association (OTA) is trying to persuade South Korea to loosen its zero tolerance policy of genetically modified material in organic food products. OTA says the policy is hurting exports of US organic soybeans and related products to that country