Council issues gene product labelling texts

The EU council of ministers has published formal positions on two draft regulations on tracing and labelling genetically modified organisms, and GM foods and feed. One on traceability and labelling was agreed in December (EED 10/12/02). A second on food and feed in November (EED 29/11/02). Finalising the draft laws is seen as crucial to restarting EU approvals of GM products. In separate statements, the UK and the Netherlands condemn the draft requirements as too onerous. See common positions on traceability and labelling and food and feed, statement of reasons, UK and Netherlands statements.

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