GMO that have been tested and permitted in the EU for food, shall be tolerated in Switzerland as traces in an amount of up to 0.5% m/m.
The Swiss system allows for food that is considered not to contain GMO, a contamination of up to to 0.5% m/m of 5 GMOs (Mais NK603, Mais GA21, Mais 1507, Mais 59122 and Soja MON89788). Food containing traces of other GMO than the ones listed above is to be destroyed. The new ruling allows traces of GMO that are permitted in the EU under regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 as food. These GMO are tolerated as traces in an amount of up to 0.5% m/m in food in Switzerland. Notwithstanding the above, all measures possible have to be taken to avoid cross contamination of non-GMO food with GMO.
Different authorisation procedures for food or ingredients using GMOs apply in the EU and Switzerland. As these products were produced from a GMO, then separated, concentrated and chemically defined, they are no longer considered as GMO. The authorisation procedure for these substances will be a novel food authorisation, in line with the EU approach.