Biotechnology companies welcome EU-agreement on threshold for G.M.labelling

22.10.1999

Biotechnology companies welcome EU-agreement on threshold for G.M.labelling

EuropaBio, the European Association for Bioindustries, is pleased that a threshold level for the presence of GM substances in food ingredients now has been proposed by the European Commission. Above this level, foods have to be labelled in order to give the public the ability to choose with confidence.

The threshold will also allow the seed and agricultural biotech industry, the farming community and other businesses in the food chain to make the necessary commitments to make sure that the consumer is provided with a real choice.

EuropoBio calls for the recognition that very low levels of non-deliberate presence of certain ingredients, whether genetically modified or not, are an unavoidable reality in the marketing of seed varieties.

The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) seed scheme for example already sets varietal purity standards for both conventional and genetically modified crops.

It is important to add that the threshold will apply to ingredients from GM products which have already undergone rigorous science-based safety assessment, before being approved for commercialisation.