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Bulgarian Parliament Passes Laws Against Unhealthy and GMO Foods
Sofia, Bulgaria -
The Bulgarian parliament passed laws prohibiting the promotion of unhealthy foods among children. The law includes GMO foods. 102 legislators voted, only one voted against, and 29 remained neutral.
Protecting public health
The law will prohibit children or stand-ins for children to take part in commercials for promoting unhealthy foods. More specifically, advertisers can’t target or use children in promotional material for foods deemed unhealthy.
The importance of regulating Internet and other remote sales of food was stressed into the law. Shipment companies will have to get special registration for transporting food. The project aims to protect public health by limiting and taxing those unhealthy substances. Prof. Piralkova from the Bulgarian Socialist Party supported the law but criticized it for being too ambiguous.
The law states that GMO is “unhealthy” which will surely be criticized by pro-GMO advocates. The new regulations will also make transporting food harder and more expensive for the remote regions that lack direct access to food and have to rely on an “unhealthy” diet.