Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
Title: Awareness of genetically modified organism (GMO) products among Malaysian consumers
Muhamad Afiq Faisal Yahaya has completed his MSc in Medical Virology in 2014 from the University of Manchester, United Kingdom. He has then appointed as Biotechnology Lecturer in the Infrastructure University Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. His interest in Biotechnology, Pharmaceutical and Natural products has led him to conduct a number of amazing studies.
Genetic modification (GM) technology allows scientists to alter the genetic information of a particular organism. The technology allows the production of genetically modified organism (GMO) that has the enhanced property compared to the unmodified organism. The application of GM technology is not only in biopharmaceutical field, it is now has been applied extensively in agriculture such as corn, rice and tomato. In Malaysia, Biosafety Act 2007 has been enacted in which all GMO based products must be labeled with adequate information before being marketed. This paper aims to determine the awareness level amongst Malaysian consumers on the GMO products available in the market and the efficiency of information supplied in the GMO product labeling. The result of the survey will serve as a guideline for Malaysia Government agency bodies to provide comprehensive yet efficient information to consumers for the purpose of GMO product labeling in the near future. In conclusion, the efficiency of information delivery plays a vital role in ensuring that the information is being conveyed clearly to Malaysian consumers during the selection process of GMO products available in the market.