EP 2nd Reading on GM Food and Feed and Traceability and Labelling Centralised Safety Assessment for GM Food and Feed

01.06.2003

EP 2nd Reading on GM Food and Feed and Traceability and Labelling Centralised Safety Assessment for GM Food and Feed

• Regulation (EC) No 178/2002 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 28 January 2002 established the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

• This same Regulation stated that genetically modified food and feed should only be authorised for placing on the Community market after a scientific evaluation of the highest possible standard, to be undertaken under the responsibility of the EFSA.

• Management of the GM food and feed safety assessment through the EFSA is essential if EU citizens are to have confidence in the authorisation procedure.

• EuropaBio supports a centralised management procedure and rejects amendments to the Common Position that would diminish the central role EFSA must play in managing the safety assessment and approval process.

 

In evaluating GMOs for growing and for use as food and feed the European Union must have an efficient and transparent regulatory system in place with clear responsibilities and fixed timelines for the safety assessment and approval procedures. Only an efficient and transparent system can provide consumer confidence in the approval system.