EU biotech food labelling rules to take effect

Regulations should clear way for European biotech crop approvals to restart, but again draw US criticism

Two new EU regulations on the labelling and traceability of all foods and animal feed made from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) will enter force on 7 November after being published in the bloc's official journal. The rules will require mandatory tracking of GM ingredients throughout the food chain and require labelling of products made from GMOs irrespective of whether modified DNA or protein is detectable.

The measures are meant to enable lifting of the EU moratorium on new biotech crop approvals - the European Commission has said it will ask member states to vote on several applications before the end of this year. Some governments remain reluctant to give up the ban but may now be outvoted (EED 30/09/03).

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