Sub-Committee D's Call for evidence
Sub-Committee D, under the chairmanship of the Earl
of Selborne, is conducting an inquiry into the European Commission's
proposals for assessment, authorisation, traceability and labelling
of genetically modified (GM) food and animal feed, including products
derived from genetically modified organisms (GMOs) (COM (2001)
182 and 425).
The inquiry will focus on the issues of traceability
and labelling and the implications of the proposals for consumers
and third countries. In particular answers will be sought to the
1. Do these proposals adequately address
the requirements of European consumers for regulation, traceability
and labelling of GM food and feed and of food and feed products
derived from GMOs?
2. Do they make sensible distinctions between
the requirements of animal feed and those of food for human consumption?
3. How effective are the proposals likely to
be in ensuring full traceability of GM material at all stages
of the chain from producer to consumer?
4. Are the proposals likely to be enforceable
in practice, particularly where no novel genetic material is contained
in the food or feed?
5. A threshold level of 1 per cent or lower for
the accidental presence of GM material in food and feed has been
proposed, below which there would be an exemption. Is a threshold
of this level, common to both food and feed, appropriate?
6. Is the role proposed for (a) the European
Food Authority and its scientific committees and (b) Member States
in the authorisation process for GM food and feed appropriate?
7. Are the proposals likely to be compatible
with the requirements of the Cartagena Protocol on Biosafety and
with other international commitments, including OECD programmes?
8. Are the proposals compatible with obligations
towards non-Member States seeking to export food and feed to the
9. Should the present EU-wide moratorium on approving
GM food and crop product applications be maintained until the
issues concerning traceability and labelling of GMOs have been
10. What other aspects of the proposals require
further consideration before the UK Government can sign up to
21 December 2001