EU gene crop traceability rules in parliament

MEPs asked to choose between rapporteurs' conflicting visions on draft rules

EU proposals for comprehensive traceability and labelling of genetically modified crops and resulting food and feed products began their first reading in the European Parliament's environment committee today. The two MEPs chosen to guide the dossiers through the assembly have radically different views on where the discussions should start.

Though the EU has long-established legislation on environmental and health risk assessment of GMOs, there is no system in place to trace products, and labelling provisions are patchy. European Commission proposals published last year aim to plug this gap and, in the process, end a moratorium on EU approval of new transgenic products (EED 26/07/01).

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