Lithuania eyes labels for GMO food

The Lithuanian government has made a proposal to introduce compulsory labelling for food products which contain genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The measure has been drafted by the country’s Ministry of Justice, and it could result with an amendment to Lithuania’s law on genetically modified organisms.

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Parliament agriculture committee demands GMO proposal rejection

The European Parliament’s agriculture and rural development committee (AGRI committee) has called for a controversial proposal to allow individual member states to ban EU-authorised GMO imports to be rejected.

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Commission dismisses claims it will allow unauthorised GMOs

The European Commission has denied allegations that it is planning to ease restrictions on trace levels of unauthorised genetically modified organisms entering the EU.

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Latvia and Greece look to restrict GMO cultivation

Two more EU states - Latvia and Greece – look set to make use of the European Commission’s opt-out scheme, allowing them to restrict the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMO) on their territories, Agra Europe reports. Germany and Scotland have already signalled their intention in the past few days to opt out of cultivating EU-approved GM products.

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The time taken to complete an assessment of a genetically modified crop in the European Union is now over five years, compared with less than two years in 2006, says the European biotechnology industry association EuropaBio, Agrow reports.

Germany looks set to make use of EU opt-out rules in order to ban the growing of genetically modified (GM) crops. Scotland has already instigated this opt-out process, incurring the disappointment of the scientific community.

Argentine authorities have granted approval to SGS - a Swiss inspection, verification, testing and certification company - to carry out field trials of genetically modified crops at a facility in Junin in the province of Buenos Aires.

The announcement by the Scottish government that it would be banning GM crops has been greeted with “surprise and disappointment” by Scottish research organisations.

Scotland has announced that it will ban the cultivation of genetically modified (GM) crops in its territory, taking up the option given to member states in a recent agreement on growing GMOs in the EU.

In response to two public petitions calling for mandatory genetically modified organism (GMO) labelling, the White House on 28 July steered clear of taking an official position on the controversial issue.

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.

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.

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.

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.