Contamination in Foods
Europe Gives the Green Light!
|but the genetic traffic is still going slow
France, Luxembourg, Austria, Greece, Italy, Denmark and Belgium.
|October 17, 2002||EU STAYS CLOSED TO GM FOODS DESPITE NEW LAW
Reuters Company News
|By Robin Pomeroy|
Updated 30 October, 2002
On 3rd July, 2002 the European Parliament voted on labelling food obtained from or containing Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs)
Latest communication from
Dr. Caroline Jackson mepcj2.htm > > > > > > > view response (to be sent to all MEPs)
A report by Karin Scheele of the Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy has offered an amendment (Amendment 9) to the European Commission's Directive Directive 2001/18/EC, (pdf file (259Kb), it allows a level of 1% contamination before labeling is compulsory.
Whereas the original Directive 'Directive 2001/18/EC ' was a bit of a nightmare Karin's amendments are really very good. The exception being the 0.5% tolerance of contamination of, for example, animal genes in vegetarian products. Karin Scheele's (Amendment 9)
(Extracted from FOE Flyer - linked below) "Friends of the Earth is extremely concerned over the exemptions made for adventitious or technically unavoidable presence of unauthorised GMOs. These GMOs would not be subject to approval, traceability or labelling. It would mean that 1 in 100 tomatoes, 10 out of 1000 salmon or 500 tonnes of a 50,000 tonne shipment of soya could be GM, yet exempt from the law. Consumers would face a lottery when for example, buying a tomato, as to whether it was GM or not. Consumer choice will not be guaranteed."
(Extract from my last 'addendum' to my original comunication)
"a shoal of fish enhanced GE tomatoes will swim through it.
There are two important issues presently.
- The above concern over the 1% and
- That Labour and Conservative MEPs have been ordered to vote against the proposed amendments. (Karin Scheele's Full Report 442Kb).
Please contact and lobby those below. Change is the only constant. Let's make it change for the better.
Responses from MEPs representing the SouthWest of England to my emails prior to the debate and vote of 2nd/3rd July, 2002
Dr. Caroline Jackson mepcj1.htm
Lord Stockton mepas1.htm
Giles Chichester mepgc1.htm
Glynn Ford mepgf1.htm
Graham Watson mepgw1.htm
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