MEPs in symbolic vote to ban three GMOs

The European Parliament 3 February voted for the EU to ban three glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in what was a symbolic move since MEPs have no powers to sway the Commission over the approvals.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

US regulator blocks imports of GM salmon pending final guidelines

The Food and Drug Administration has blocked imports of genetically engineered salmon, effectively prohibiting commercialisation of the transgenic fish until it finalises labelling guidelines. The agency announced the decision in an import alert published Friday but offered no timetable for when it might complete the labelling guidelines.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

CEO alleges biotech firms trying to “ransack” EU rules over new GM techniques

“Food safety, the environment, and consumer choice are at stake, as biotech industry lobbyists pressure decision makers to deregulate a new generation of genetic engineering techniques ahead of a crucial European Commission decision in February,” campaign group Corporate Europe Observatory (CEO) warned on 2 February.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

Top US official likens GMO resistance to climate denial

A senior US trade official has likened scepticism about the safety of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) to climate change denial at a 26 January meeting of the Transatlantic Consumer Dialogue (TACD).

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Policy, Environment, Climate Change, Americas

A key European Parliament committee has backed a trio of resolutions calling on the Commission to withdraw planned authorisations for use of glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified (GM) soybeans in food and feed.

The European Commission’s much-maligned proposal to allow member states to ‘opt out’ of EU-authorised GM crop imports could well be deemed incompatible with the EU single market and global trade rules, the Council’s legal service has found.

The EU Ombudsman Emily O’Reilly has ruled that the Commission was guilty of maladministration in delaying approvals of 20 genetically modified organisms.

A Canadian court has upheld the government's decision to approve commercial production of genetically modified salmon eggs at a hatchery on Prince Edward Island. The court rejected environmentalists' claims that federal officials failed to fully assess whether AquaBounty Technologies' GM salmon could become invasive and potentially put ecosystems and wild salmon at risk.

The Supreme Court of the Philippines has ordered a permanent ban on field trials of genetically modified eggplant and a temporary halt on approving applications for the “contained use, import, commercialisation and propagation” of GM crops, including the import of GM products.

The EU Commission should withdraw its authorisation of the use of glyphosate-tolerant GM maize NK603xT25 in food and feed, says a resolution voted by Parliament on Wednesday (December 16). The statement from Parliament notes that the WHO has classified glyphosate, a herbicide, as “probably carcinogenic”.  It urged the Commission to suspend any authorisations for GM food and feed as long as the authorisation procedure, currently under review, has not been improved.

The Commission should not authorise the use of glyphosate-tolerant genetically modified maize NK603 x T25 in food and feed, according to the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee

The EU should examine and clearly define the direction that it wants to take on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in the bloc, participants at a hearing in the European Parliament agreed this week.

A major EU project into regulatory requirements for risk assessment of genetically modified organisms in the authorisation process could sound the death knell for 90-day rat feeding studies.

The European Commission has no data on cases in the Member States where food containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs) has not been labelled as such, EU Health and Food Safety Commissioner acknowledged in response to a written question from Latvian centre right MEP Inese Vaidere.