The European Parliament adopted on 2 July the two legislative proposals concerning genetically modified (GM) food, giving a strong political momentum towards lifting the moratorium.
The key amendments adopted concerning the GM food and feed legislation include:
- Labelling requirements: the amendment adopted would not require the labelling of foods that contain less than 0.9 per cent of authorised GMOs, which threshold MEPs would have initially liked to see set at 0.5 per cent;
- Co-existence: measures would be taken to ensure the co-existence of GM and non-GM crops; the technical details of co-existence would be decided by means of the comitology procedure;
- Seeds: food and feed that can also be used as seed would only be placed on the market if it has been authorised for all these uses;
- Emergency measures: an adopted amendment would enable Member States to take emergency action themselves in the event of severe risk.
On traceability and labelling, MEPs adopted an amendment that pre-packaged products produced from GMOs should be labelled “This product is produced from GMOs”. Parliamentarians also agreed that the Commission should create a central register at Community level, which would contain all available sequencing information and reference material for GMOs authorised to be put into circulation in the Community.