The European Parliament adopted in its first reading on 3 July strict new rules on the labelling of food products and feed containing genetically modified organisms.
The Parliament endorsed both Commission proposals with
amendments demanding more stringent rules on traceability and
labelling of food products and animal feed containing GMOs. Under
the new rules, all GM food and feed products will have to be
labelled and to be traceable irrespective of whether they contain
GMO DNA or protein. That means that products such as sugar and
highly refined oils produced from GMOs will have to be labelled.
The new rules should establish the same
requirements both for producers within and outside the EU. When
placing products produced from GMOs on the market, operators shall
always ensure that either the words ‘This product is produced from
GMOs’ or ‘This product contains (ingredient) produced from GMOs’
appear on a label.
The Parliament has demanded a stricter treshold
for labelling foods or feeds that are contaminated with GMOs. The
Commission had proposed a 1 per cent treshold, but the Parliament
demanded that this threshold be 0.5 per cent.
However, the MEPs turned down amendments by the
Greens that eggs, meat and milk from animals fed with GM feed be
A proposal calling for a ‘GMO-free’ label,
backed by the industry, was also rejected.