EP 2nd Reading on GM Food and Feed and Traceability and Labelling Threshold for the adventitious presence of “unapproved” GMOs

01.06.2003

EP 2nd Reading on GM Food and Feed and Traceability and Labelling Threshold for the adventitious presence of “unapproved” GMOs 

“Unapproved” GMOs, more correctly classified as “pre-approved” GMOs following the definition of the European Commission, are those GMOs that have been approved as safe for human and animal health and for the environment by an EU Scientific committee. However, since they lack the final approval for placing them on the market as the de facto moratorium on GMOs blocks the EU administrative procedure, they remain “unapproved.”

Approved for commercial use by third country regulatory agencies, this group of EU “pre-approved” products are already on the market outside the EU. Due to the nature of international trade in bulk commodities, small traces of these materials - so called adventitious presence (AP) - could find their way into foodstuffs shipped into the EU.

Such a system is particularly important for Third Countries that would choose to use genetic modification as a tool to develop crops that meet their particular needs as, due to present de facto moratorium, these may not be approved in the EU. These countries run the risk of having their non- GM food exports to the EU rejected in cases where there are trace levels of these GMOs that remain unapproved through the official EU procedure.

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