MEPs take strong stance on gene foods and crops

European parliament backs Commission on labelling, lowers tolerance for accidental contamination

The European parliament has backed strict new EU rules on tracking and labelling genetically modified crops and food and feed products made from them. But MEPs today went further than the changes advocated by the European Commission by voting to ban shipments of conventional food and feed containing accidental traces of non-EU-approved GM material.

The legislation given its parliamentary first reading today was presented by the Comission a year ago, introducing harmonised EU traceability and labelling for GMOs. Agreement on the rules is seen as crucial for the lifting of a de facto moratorium on gene crop approvals (EED 29/11/01).

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