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Agrifood 29-02-2016

German advisory council highlights TTIP risks

TTIP's detractors continue to fear the impact it could have on environmental and consumer protection and now the German Advisory Council on the Environment (SRU) has criticised certain aspects after carrying out careful analysis. EURACTIV Germany reports.
Agrifood 18-11-2015

EU unblocks novel foods entry into European market

EU Agriculture Ministers and the European Parliament put an end on Monday (16 November) to an eight-year-long deadlock on novel foods, adopting a new regulation that is expected to help the innovation-driven products enter the EU market.
Agrifood 04-11-2015

Parliament vote on novel foods heats up cloned animals debate

The European Parliament made it easier for 'novel foods' to enter the EU market last week (28 October). But all matters relating to cloned animals have been added to another legislative proposal, heating up debate on the issue.
European Data Protection Supervisor Giovanni Buttarelli
Technology 11-09-2015

EU privacy watchdog planning international board on tech ethics

The EU's Data Protection Supervisor made an unexpected move today (11 September) by releasing an opinion on technology and ethics, aimed to fill in gaps in consumer protection rules left unaddressed by the ongoing EU privacy reforms.
Agrifood 09-09-2015

Parliament deals heavy blow to Commission’s cloning proposal

The European Union imports 500,000 tonnes of beef every year, largely from countries where cloning is authorised. But lawmakers want to stop clones from ending up on European plates. EURACTIV France reports
Agrifood 19-06-2015

Parliament demands moratorium on cloned animal products

MEPs have taken a harder line than the one proposed by the Commission on cloned animals, refusing to authorise food products from clones and their descendants. EURACTIV France reports
Monique Goyens
Agrifood 11-06-2015

Goyens: EU law on animal cloning ‘falls short of consumers expectations’

Food from cloned animals has ‘novel food’ status at EU level, and requires approval before being allowed onto the market. But the EU legislation needs to be more transparent by covering also food from the descendants of clones, with a traceability system for imports of cloned animals embryos and semen, says Monique Goyens.
Snail shell snacks
Agrifood 13-05-2015

Parliament makes ‘final offer’ on novel foods, cloning

European Parliament negotiators have tabled what they described as their “final offer” on the EU’s proposed Novel Foods regulation, warning they will not compromise any further with EU member states.
Agrifood 26-11-2014

Commission sent back to drawing board on novel foods law

The European Parliament's environment committee voted on Monday (24 November) to revise EU rules on novel foods, backing a precautionary approach to new techniques like nanoparticles.
Agrifood 12-05-2011

EU cloning ban dispute turns to trade, consumers

A ban on food products coming from the offspring of cloned animals would be compatible with WTO rules, argued a key lawmaker in the European Parliament, who accuses EU countries of scaremongering over a potential trade war with the US.
Agrifood 29-03-2011

Novel foods review stumbles over cloning

Last-chance conciliation talks on a review of the EU's novel foods regulation collapsed early this morning after officials failed to agree on the use of cloned animals' offspring for food production.
Agrifood 18-03-2011

EU novel food regulation review at risk

As talks between the European Parliament and the European Commission to update an EU regulation on novel foods stumble on cloning, the institutions have now two more weeks to find a compromise agreement before the whole review fails on 30 March.
Agrifood 20-10-2010

Commission to allow imports of cloned food

The European Commission has tabled plans to temporarily ban animal cloning for food production in the EU but said it was ready to allow imports of food from clones' offspring.
Agrifood 08-07-2010

Parliament calls for EU ban on cloning for food

The European Parliament reiterated its opposition to meat and milk produced from cloned animals yesterday (7 July), piling pressure on the European Commission to ban food produced in this way.
Agrifood 05-05-2010

MEPs restate opposition to food derived from cloned animals

The European Parliament's environment committee has voted not to authorise the entry of any food derived from cloned animals onto EU markets, putting MEPs on a collision course with the European Commission and the EU's Council of Ministers.
Anti-GMO poster by the environment organisation Greenpeace
Health 05-05-2010

Commissioner slams green ‘scaremongers’ in GM debate

Europe's biotech industry must engage with the public on controversial issues like genetically-modified foods and cloning, according to John Dalli, the EU's health commissioner.
Agrifood 10-10-2008

Animal cloning for food ‘unjustified’, say EU citizens

The vast majority of European citizens have a general negative perception of animal cloning for food production, saying that too little is known of its long-term health and safety effects, according to an EU-wide poll presented yesterday (9 October) by the European Commission.
Agrifood 04-09-2008

Parliament demands ban on animal cloning for food

The European Parliament yesterday (3 September) called on the Commission to submit proposals prohibiting the use of cloned animals in food products following the publication of a highly cautious report by the EU's food safety authority on the issue.
Agrifood 25-07-2008

EU experts say ‘yes, but’ to animal cloning for food

While the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has found no clear safety concerns related to food products from clones of cattle, pigs or their offspring, it strongly underlines that no way near enough scientific data on the subject exists as yet and that the practice has major repercussions on animal health and welfare.

EU ethics group advises against cloning animals for food

In a recent opinion, the European Group on Ethics for science and new technologies did not find any argument to justify the production of food from clones and their offspring. Instead, it recommends promoting public debates on the impact of cloning farm animals on agriculture, the environment and society at large.
Health 15-01-2008

Commission encourages development of ‘innovative’ foods

The Commission has proposed speeding up market authorisation for foods ranging from cloned meat to exotic products from third countries. But the proposed centralised authorisation system is raising questions at a time when the safety of GMOs is back under the spotlight.
Health 09-03-2007

Food agency to determine safety of cloned meat and milk

The Commission has asked the EU's Food Safety Authority (EFSA) to assess whether meat and dairy products from cloned animals are safe to eat. 

Green light for stem cell research in Switzerland

A large majority of Swiss voters have approved a law allowing the extraction of stem cells from human embryos up to seven days old to be used for research. Only the use of cells left over from in-vitro fertilisation is allowed.
Health 07-11-2003

No international ban on human cloning yet

The UN Legal Committee on 6 November narrowly voted not to put two opposing resolutions on human cloning to a vote in the coming two years.