Sweden strengthens checks on GMOs

Swedish environment minister Lena Sommestad today announced legislation to tighten controls on releases of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in accordance with last year's revised EU "deliberate release" directive. The new regulation defines stricter safety standards in risk assessment, monitoring and labelling, and gives the public rights of information and consultation in all applications for deliberate release. Due to come into force on 17 January, the Swedish legislation follows a similar move by Spain (EED 04/09/02). See press release.

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