The Commission will publish its much-awaited review of the EU’s current approval system for genetically modified organisms by the end of next month, European Health and Food Safety Commissioner Vytenis Andriukaitis promised this week.
The Norwegian climate and environment ministry has not actively banned two types of genetically modified maize approved in the EU, but there are limitations in place. The maize types currently cannot be grown in Norway or sold as food.
Biotech industry association EuropaBio has hit out at the future directive that would allow Member States to ban cultivation of EU approved genetically modified organisms following the European Parliament’s 13 January vote in favour.
The European Parliament’s plenary on 13 January voted to approve a law that will allow individual Member States to ban cultivation of EU-approved genetically modified organisms on their territories.
On January 13, the European Parliament is due to debate then vote on the directive that would allow Member States to ban cultivation of genetically modified organisms on their territories even when the crop is authorised at EU level.
The European Parliament’s Environment, Public Health and Food Safety Committee has approved the 3 December agreement on a future directive allowing Member States to ban the cultivation of genetically modified organisms on their territories, even if authorised at EU level.
EU Member States have given the go ahead to a deal that the Italian Presidency struck with European Parliament and Commission representatives last week, allowing them to ban cultivation of genetically modified organisms on their territories.
Critics of mandatory labels for genetically modified foods found a sympathetic audience at a House hearing on Wednesday, as both Republicans and Democrats on the panel voiced scepticism of the need for the federal government to require such labels.
Spain’s Antama Foundation, a Madrid-based non-profit organization that promotes development of new technologies applied to agriculture, has warned against at any new European regulations that would allow bans on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for ideological or political reasons, instead of relying exclusively on scientific evidence.
The head of the European Food Safety Authority Bernhard Url has said that risk assessment of genetically modified organisms should not be renationalised under future changes to EU law.
The future EU law renationalising authorisation to cultivate genetically modified organisms will not lure Monsanto back to seeking approvals for its biotech products in the handful of Member States open to the technology, the company’s new President Europe & Middle East Leticia Goncalves told reporters on 4 November.