Management of low level presence of GM products approved outside the EU and present in traded commodities entering the EU

13.07.2007

Management of low level presence of GM products approved outside the EU and present in traded commodities entering the EU

Our industries believe that three steps need to be taken simultaneously in order to respond to the issue of low level presence of GM products in traded commodities:

1) Ensure the EU approval process for GM products to approve applications in keeping with the goal of eliminating asynchronicity between approvals in the EU and in the main trading countries. This would include eliminating the existing back log of applications.

2) In the immediate short term, the EU should accept a percentage of low level presence of GM products in traded commodities which

a) have a favourable EFSA opinion or

b) have been approved in a third country based on a science-based regulatory review according to Codex safety assessment criteria and

c) is in line with standards used in trading contracts for the presence of so-called foreign material.

A percentage should be valid until asynchronicity of approvals no longer exists between the EU and exporters that have approved commercial plantings of GM plants.

3) Pursue work in the Codex with an aim of getting an agreement on safety aspects of low level presence of GM products approved outside the EU and present in traded commodities entering the EU in 2008

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