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Europe to Label Transgenic Animal Feed and Foods

December 5, 2002

Source: Crop Biotech

Food and agriculture ministers within the European Commission (EC) have agreed on a proposal for a regulation on food and feed containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs).

They set 0.9 percent as the level which food products containing GM elements require labeling. Food containing more than 0.9 percent would have to bear labels stating they are GM foods. The new proposal expands Europe's current labeling law which requires labels for all foods produced from biotechnology irrespective of biotech DNA or protein presence in the final product. The accepted level of adventitious or technically unavoidable presence of biotech material was reduced to 0.5 percent for the next three years.

A final adoption of the GMO proposals requires a co-decision between the Council of Ministers and the European Parliament. The Council will now send its Common Position for new consideration by the European Parliament.

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