MEPs up the stakes in Cartagena vote

Parliament votes to stiffen rules on export of GMOs; extends remit to food, feed, processing

The European parliament today adopted a first reading position that extends to genetically modified organisms (GMOs) destined for food, feed or processing a proposed European Commission regulation implementing the Cartagena protocol on biosafety (EED 25/02/02).

Under the Cartagena protocol, exports of GMOs are banned unless the importing country has given its consent. However, the protocol's strictest rules apply only to GMOs that are used directly in the environment, such as seeds for sowing (EED 25/05/00).

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