In France, both labelling and traceability are regulated by the corresponding EU Directive. Food inspections in 2005 found no infringements.
On 11 October 2006, the administration for competition, consumption and frauds released its 2005 report on food inspections. In 2005, 69 products were tested for genetically modified organisms (GMO). In 17 samples, traces of GMOs were found, the amount always below the labelling threshold of 0.9 percent.
In France, only a few laboratories are in charge of GMO testing. To reduce costs and risks, the analyses are conducted at early stages of the food production chain.
In 2006, the unapproved GM rice LL601 was found in several European countries, France being among them. All affected product charges were immediately removed from the market.