International GMO trade rules enter force
UN rules regulating the transboundary movement of genetically modified organisms to protect human health and the environment from their potential risks entered force on Thursday. The Cartagena biosafety protocol was agreed in 2000 (EED 31/01/00). The EU and seven of its members are among the 57 states that have ratified it. EU environment commissioner Margot Wallström today urged more countries to ratify in time for the first conference of the parties in February 2004. See Cartagena protocol website and European Commission press release.