Commission baulks at go-between role on GMO opt-outs

The Commission appears to be hesitating about its potential new role as go-between in talks between biotech firms and Member States over national opt-outs from cultivating EU-authorised  genetically modified organisms, it emerged this week.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Policy

Official warns Juncker GM review could cost farmers more

Plans by incoming Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker to review European legislation on genetically modified organisms to allow the EU to reject applications for political and ideological reasons, could end up costing farmers more to feed their animals, a top official has warned.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Policy

MEPs warn of legal gaps in Council GMO opt out deal

MEPs of different political colours this week warned that the compromise deal struck at June’s Environment Council on proposals to allow Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms could leave legal loopholes.

Food Technology, Genetic Modification, Policy, Environment

Campaigners call on MEPs for “real rights” to ban GMOs

Campaigners are calling on MEPs to ensure that a future EU directive allowing national opt outs from cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms offers “real rights to ban GM crops.”

Food Technology, Genetic Modification

“It is time to put aside irrational and non-science based fears of new technologies in the interests of consumers everywhere,” according to the head of the Food Standards Authority of Ireland, Alan Reilly.

An international study has highlighted productive and health benefits from the adoption of genetically modified maize.

Serbian acreage planted with GM crops has increased by 34% year-on-year to above 30 hectares in 2014, even though commercial cultivation of these crops in the country is not permitted by law, Serbian authorities told EU Food Law.

Croatia’s agriculture ministry has denied that Monsanto donated GM seed to Croatian farmers in the form of aid and added that the multinational company is not even considering such a move. The announcement was issued following questions from Croatian MEPs over possible GM seed entering Croatia in the form of flood relief assistance from Monsanto.

Scientific evidence which the French government says raises health and environmental concerns about the insect-resistant maize crop MON 810 has been rejected by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). 

Luxembourg has warned that the proposal to allow member states to opt out of cultivating EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories would give too much power to business.

The General Affairs Council 23 July formally adopted a first reading position on a proposal to allow individual Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has cleared as safe two genetically modified lipase enzymes.

Europe’s food and feed importers have told the European Commission it has 15 days to approve eight GM products or face supply chain disruption and price hikes.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has “strongly reiterated” its recommendations for improvements to monitoring methods for Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant YieldGard Corn Borer (MON810) maize, Agrow reports.