The scope of the EU GM Food & Feed Regulation (EC) 1829/2003

01.06.2005

The scope of the EU GM Food & Feed Regulation (EC) 1829/2003

Background

On 22 September 2003 the European Parliament and the Council adopted two Regulations on genetically modified food and feed and traceability and labeling of genetically modified organisms and food and feed products produced from them. On 24 September 2004 the Standing Committee on the food chain and animal health (section on genetically modified food and feed and environmental risk) clarified the scope of Regulation 1829/2003 by stating that: “food and feed (including food and feed ingredients such as additives, flavorings and vitamins) produced by fermentation using a genetically modified micro-organism (GMM) which is kept under contained conditions and is not present in the final product are not included in the scope of
Regulation 1829/2003”. The Standing Committee also stated that it will discuss further whether or not to include these products in connection with the review of the Regulation in November 2005. 
 
EuropaBio Position
 
EuropaBio would like to reaffirm the principle that all regulation concerning safety and health should be science based and non-discriminatory. EuropaBio finds that any potential decision to include within the scope of the EU GM Food and Feed Regulation products that have been produced using GMMs in containment would provide uncertainty for the industry and have very serious consequences for the fermentation industry operating both in Europe as well as at international level. The inclusion of these types of products would add to the unenforceability of the Regulation and among other things leave the system open to fraud in particular in the case of imported products.
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