THE GREENS / EUROPEAN FREE ALLIANCE
in the European Parliament
Strasbourg, 3rd July 2002
Euro-MPs vote for strict rules on GMOs
GMOs: Vote for consumers
The Greens/European Free Alliance welcomed today's "vote for consumers"
by the European parliament on "The authorisation, traceability and
labelling of genetically modified food, feed and organisms." Speaking
after the controversial vote today,
Jill Evans MEP (Plaid Cymru -The Party for Wales) Spokesperson for the
Greens/EFA on the Commission proposals said:
"This is a great victory for consumers and for the millions of people
across the EU who do not want to eat genetically modified food and who
do not want to feed it to their animals."
"The European parliament is the direct voice of the people of Europe.
Now we must wait and see if governments of the EU will listen to the
people or rather to big businesses."
"I am particularly happy that the parliament supported our proposal on
'no-tolerance of illegal GMOs', as opposed to the 1% policy proposed by
the Commission. "
The Greens/EFA welcome the results for the following reasons:
1. Traceability and labelling:
All GM food and feed products have to be labelled and to be traceable
irrespective of whether they contain DNA / protein or not. Thus in the
future, products such as sugar and highly refined oils produced from
GMOs have to be labelled.
2. Unauthorised GMOs:
Unauthorised GMOs or GM materials may not be present in any food or
feed. The Commission proposed a threshold of 1%, which was rejected.
3. Labelling thresholds:
The labelling threshold applies only to GMO derivatives (such as sugar,
starch, and tomato paste) accidentally present in conventional food/
feed. It shall be 0.5% maximum. The threshold shall be reviewed as and
when science and technology allow. In contrast, the Commission proposed
an unspecified threshold level (to be defined in comitology) and the
threshold proposed by the Commission would apply to live GMOs as well as
The Commission did not foresee a review clause.
4. GMO producers shall take measures to avoid GM contamination:
All Green/EFA amendments were adopted which require GMO producers/
users to take anti-contamination measures. They shall take effective
measures to prevent the unintended presence of their products in other
conventional or organic products. This is a big step forward in the up
coming co-existence debate.
5. GMO-free label:
The amendments calling for a GMO-free label were rejected. Now the onus
and the costs shall remain with GMO producers rather than those who do
not want to use GMOs.
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