Commission finalising GMO traceability regulation

Commission finalising proposal which should guarantee that all GMOs and products made from GMOs can be traced

The Commission is finalising a proposal for a regulation which
should guarantee that all GMOs and products made from
GMOs can be traced throughout their entire
life-cycle
. The proposal is designed to be a follow-up to
the recently adopted revision of Directive 90/20/EEC on the
deliberate release into the environment of genetically modified
organisms (see

EURACTIV 16 Febr.
2001
).

In this new proposal, anyone who puts these
products on the market will have to have in place “systems and
procedures to identify to whom and from whom products are made
available”. This information will have to be maintained for a
period of five years in order to be inspected if
needed by the authorities.

The proposal also foresees that the Commission
shal establish a system to develop and assign
unique codes to GMOs and GMO-derived products.

The Commission is expected to adopt this draft
regulation in the beginning of March, so that it can be presented
to the Environment Council of 8 March. It will then have to be
approved by the Parliament and the Council under the co-decision
procedure. Industry is pushing for a fast-track procedure, because
it would like to see the ‘de facto’ moratorium on deliberate
release of GMOs abolished as soon as possible.

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