Shake-up planned for EU rules on GM products

New traceability and labelling proposals accompanied by move towards centralised approvals

The European Commission has proposed wide-ranging changes to EU legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) used in agriculture and horticulture as well as in food and feed. The plans are intended to boost consumer confidence and enable the EU to end a nearly three-year moratorium on new product approvals. They include comprehensive GMO traceability and labelling rules and an end to the zero-tolerance approach towards contamination by unauthorised strains.

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