Slovenia approves new bill against GMOs

A new bill introducing additional safeguards against unwanted production of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in Slovenia was approved by the Slovenian government during its last session in June.

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MEPs set to reject GM food and feed opt out proposal

The European Parliament is on course to block the Commission’s 22 April proposal to allow individual Member States to ban use of genetically modified (GM) food and feed approved at EU level.

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French investigate GM sheep crossed with jellyfish that entered food chain

A French research institution has admitted that a genetically modified sheep they had crossed with a jellyfish had entered the food chain. The French Public Prosecutor’s Office is to investigate the case as a breach of the French Environment Code.

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National-opt proposal is “unique to GMOs”, says Andriukaitis

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis has defended the Commission’s proposal to allow national opt-outs on approvals of genetically modified (GM) food and feed at a 23 June biotech industry event.

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The controversial French professor Gilles-Eric Séralini has issued a new report questioning the validity of tests used to back authorisation of genetically modified organisms and chemicals due to contaminated feed being given to rats in laboratories.

Serbia has not yet initiated the procedure of modifying the country’s restrictive legislation on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), even thoug the country’s existing law, approved in 2005, is not in line with the Community acquis or with WTO rules, announced officials in Belgrade.

MEPs from the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee (ENVI) are set to draft a motion for rejection of the controversial GMOs for food and feed proposal, it has emerged.

Renationalising authorisation of genetically modified food and feed would be unacceptable in a European single market, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Andriukaitis told MEPs on 8 June.

EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis will appear before the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee this Monday (8 June) evening to defend the controversial proposal to allow individual Member States to ban EU-approved genetically modified food and feed.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) and other food industry groups are pressing the US Second Circuit Court of Appeals to expedite an appeal of a lower court ruling that denied their bid to block Vermont from implementing its GMO food labelling law, Food Chemical News reports.

MEPs have demanded that EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis appears before them for a grilling on the 22 April proposal to revise the European authorisation system for genetically modified organisms.

USDA's Agricultural Marketing Service (AMS) has developed a new federal certification and labelling program for foods that do not contain GMOs, a move broadly supported by opponents of mandatory GM food labels, Food Chemical News reports.

The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) has appealed a federal court ruling that allows Vermont to move forward with implementation of a state law that requires labels on some foods made with genetically modified ingredients, Food Chemical News reports.

A series of 19 Commission implementing decisions authorising genetically modified organisms in Europe, 17 for food and feed uses and two carnations, have now been published in the EU’s Official Journal.