The Commission is pushing for approval of several GM food products before the new Food and Feed Regulation enters into force in April 2004. This would mean lifting the 5-year de facto moratorium in the EU.
The Commission in a recent document to the Council the Commission announced its plans to put a number of GM products to the vote in the Regulatory Committee. It is the first time a list will be tabled to the Committee since the beginning of the moratorium 5 years ago.
The list of products for approval by the Regulatory Committee include a maize (Bt-11) and a field corn (GA21) variety. As the scientific assessment of these two products was finished just before the new GM Food and Feed regulation came into force, neither of them had to comply to the much stricter standards of the new legislation.
Final approval of the GM products by the Council would effectively end the EU’s moratorium.