A5-0225/2002   7 June, 2002

REPORT (FINAL)

on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation on genetically modified food and feed
(COM(2001) 425 – C5-0368/2001 – 2001/0173(COD))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy

Rapporteur: Karin Scheele

Amendment 9

Recital 25

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendments by Parliament
(25)   In order to ensure the practicability and feasibility of this Regulation, a threshold of 1 %, with the possibility of establishing lower levels, should be established for minute traces in food or feed of genetically modified material not authorised under Community legislation, where the presence of such material is adventitious or technically unavoidable; Directive 2001/18/EC should be amended accordingly.   (25)   In order to ensure the practicability and feasibility of this Regulation, a threshold of 0.5 %, with the possibility of establishing lower levels, should be established for minute traces in food or feed of genetically modified material authorised under Community legislation, where the presence of such material is adventitious or technically unavoidable; Article 21(2) of Directive 2001/18/EC lays down the possibility of setting maximum thresholds.

Justification

Under Article 21(2) of Directive 2001/18/EC, a maximum threshold may be introduced for ‘products where adventitious or technically unavoidable traces of authorised GMOs cannot be excluded’. Similarly, Commission Regulation (EC) No 49/2000 of 10 January 2000 fixes a threshold of 1% only for authorised food produced from ingredients produced from authorised GMOs or containing such ingredients. In contrast, the maximum threshold put forward in Article 5 of the proposal applies to non-authorised products. A threshold for non-authorised GMOs and for products produced from non-authorised GMOs would undermine all the European Union’s legislation on biosafety.


A5-0229/2002   12 June, 2002

REPORT (FINAL)

on the proposal for a European Parliament and Council regulation concerning traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC
(COM(2001) 182C5-0380/20012001/0180(COD))

Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Consumer Policy

Rapporteur: Antonios Trakatellis

Amendment 5

Recital 9

Text proposed by the Commission   Amendments by Parliament
(9)   Certain traces of GMOs in products may be adventitious or technically unavoidable. Such presence of GMOs should therefore not trigger labelling and traceability requirements.   (9)   Certain traces of authorised GMOs or of materials produced from GMOs in products may be adventitious or technically unavoidable. To cover cases of adventitious or technically unavoidable traces of authorised GMO material, or of material produced from GMOs a threshold shall be set below which such products do not have to be labelled.

These threshold values shall also be revised and adjusted in line with the results of scientific, socio-economic, health and environmental analyses of the effects of GMOs in the short, medium and long term.

Justification

The adventitious or technically unavoidable presence of traces must only be authorised in the case of authorised GMOs. Dispensation from the labelling and traceability requirement can only be permitted in the case of authorised GMOs and below a threshold laid down by Regulation (EC) …/…/2002 [on genetically modified foodstuffs and animal feed]. Live GMOs as or in products should be labelled irrespective of whether their presence is adventitious or technically unavoidable.