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Groups Slam Commission Plans to Deregulate New GMOs

In April this year the European Commission’s health division DG SANTE published a “working document” in which it announced that the EU’s GMO regulations are “not fit for purpose”. The Commission made suggestions that could lead to crop plants produced using experimental new GM techniques such as gene editing being exempted from the requirements of the regulation. This could mean that these crop plants would not be subjected to safety checks, GMO labelling, or traceability and monitoring requirements.

Now 57 groups, consisting of non-governmental organisations (NGOs), a peasant farmer organisation, and business and trade associations, have sent a response to the Commission,[1] strongly opposing its plans on the grounds that “deregulation of new GM techniques would pose unacceptable risks to human and animal health and the environment. Deregulation would also prohibit citizens from knowing what they are eating and farmers from knowing what they are sowing.”

The groups, 51 of which are EU-based and six in non-EU countries within the European continent, add, “The Commission’s proposals cross red lines regarding biosafety, transparency of information, and consumer protection. They should be rejected.”

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