House passes industry-friendly GMO labelling bill

The US House of Representatives passed legislation on 23 July 23 that would block state labelling laws for genetically modified organisms and order the federal government to develop a voluntary certification process for foods labeled as non-GMO.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Food Safety & Standards, Legislation, Americas

EU defends GMO and endocrine disrupter policies at WTO, hits out at Russia on ASF

A large number of countries questioned plans to allow individual member states to opt out of EU-wide approvals for genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and to categorise some chemical compounds as endocrine disruptors, Agra Europe reports.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Food Safety & Standards, Trade

MEPs unite to reject GMO banning proposal

MEPs of all political colours spoke with one voice in opposing the Commission’s proposal to allow national bans of EU-authorised genetically modified food and feed at a 16 July meeting of the European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Food Safety & Standards, Legislation

Opposition mounts to GM ban proposal

Opposition is growing in Brussels to the Commission’s 22 April proposal to allow Member States to ban use of EU-approved genetically modified food and feed.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Environment

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.