Producers must put a warning on labels of food that include genetically-modified organisms
. These warning messages must read "genetically-modified" or "produced from genetically-modified..." or "contains genetically-modified..." or "contains...
The Ministers also agreed for the first time to begin a formal study into the ethics of producing genetically-modified organisms
"The environmentally untested introduction of genetically-modified organisms
could be the final blow for species like the skylark, the linnet and corn bunting."
Finland failed to implement Directive 2001/18 on the voluntary dissemination of genetically-modified organisms
(GMOs) within the deadline, as ruled by the European Court of Justice (ECJ) on September 15.
Global negotiations on the adoption of an international Protocol on biosafety, establishing ground rules designed to limit the risks of the transfer of genetically-modified organisms
(GMOs) are due to resume in Montreal at the end of September.
- amended proposal for a Council and European Parliament Directive modifying Directive 90/220 EEC concerning the deliberate release of genetically-modified organisms
(GMOs) into the environment (debate);
(GMOs) will be on the agenda when EU Agriculture Commissioner Franz Fischler meets three senior US officials during his visit to Washington from February 18 to 20.
Finally, and in view of the considerable interest in genetic engineering and associated environmental and health concerns, Austria will grant particular attention to the dossier, notably to ongoing work on the revision of Directive 90/220/EEC on the deliberate release of genetically-modified organisms
(GMOs) into the environment.
This latest Regulation brings up to strength the EU regulatory framework for allowing the marketing, labelling and traceability of GMOs: Directive 2001/18 (deliberate release of GMOs in the environment, repealing Directive 90/220) and Regulation 1830/2003 (traceability and labelling of genetically-modified organisms
and the traceability of food and feed products produced from GMOs and amending Directive 2001/18/EC).
The European Commission announced on July 3 that it was sending a reasoned opinion to Belgium and referring Portugal to the Court of Justice of the European Communities for failing to apply the two main EU Directives on genetically-modified organisms
. At the same meeting, the Commission decided to send reasoned opinions to Belgium, Greece and Portugal for non-respect of another Directive which adapts one of the principal Directives to technical progress.
The European Commission adopted a Decision on September 29 requiring the presentation on standardised documents of results on the deliberate release of genetically-modified organisms
(GMOs) into the environment for research purposes.
She notably asked how many products made from genetically-modified soya and genetically-modified maize were examined in 1999 to check that they were correctly labelled under EC Regulation 1139/98 concerning compulsory indications in the labelling of certain foodstuffs produced from genetically-modified organisms
), which products and producers were involved, the number of administrative penalties imposed, which manufacturers were penalised and in respect of which products.