From: <Penny_Richardson@new.labour.org.uk>
To: Roger Lovejoy
Sent: Monday, July 01, 2002 10:21 AM
Subject: Re: GM labeling on Foods

Dear Mr Lovejoy,

Thank you for your email regarding the Commission proposals concerning traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and traceability of food and feed products produced from them, and your subsequent phone call.

I would like to inform you that I personally welcome the Commission's proposal as an opportunity to reappraise how the EU can better deliver both safety and reliable consumer choice in GM food and crops. Without reliable and transparent information on the traceability and labelling of GMOs, the public will lack confidence not only in our ability to regulate GMOs but also in the products themselves.

Labour Euro MPs agree with the Commission that the objectives of a traceability system for GMOs and products derived from GMOs should be to facilitate monitoring, labelling to help consumer choice and, if necessary withdrawal of products, or other risk management measures. But more work is needed on how the details of the system proposed would work in practice and deliver greater consumer choice in a practicable, proportionate and enforceable way.

There are significant conceptual, practical and technical details to address in developing the principle of GM traceability and labelling. I welcome the opportunity this debate provides to start to address these detailed points so that we have a clear way forward on how to develop the Commission's proposals. Particularly with regard to the thresholds for tolerance of adventitious GMOs and with regard to the scope of the proposal.

Myself and my fellow Labour MEPs will continue to press the European Commission for a labelling system that is practical, workable, and gives the consumer real choice.

Yours sincerely

Glyn Ford MEP

Penny Richardson

European Officer to Glyn Ford MEP
Labour South West
1 Newfoundland Court
Newfoundland Street
Bristol, BS2 9AP
Tel: 0117 924 6399
Fax: 0117 924 8599
Email: penny_richardson@new.labour.org.uk


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