EU agriculture ministers vote on GM labelling

Compromise struck on non-authorised GMOs; new content threshold set at 0.9%

The EU moved a step closer to introducing the strictest and most comprehensive system of labelling for all food and feed produced from genetically modified organisms (GMOs), after agriculture ministers yesterday reached a political agreement on the text of a new regulation. Three countries nevertheless said they could not support the agreement: the UK said it went too far, while Austria and Luxembourg said the text did not go far enough.

If the rules as agreed by the council are accepted by the European parliament in its second reading, the labelling requirements will apply to GM content of over 0.9%, a threshold stricter than the 1% in existing legislation.

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