|GMO FREE HONEY IN THE EU|
|Written by Nuria Alonso Villalon|
|Sunday, 18 September 2011 18:53|
The Court of Justice of the EU has ruled in September on the presence of pollen from GM crops in honey, and decided that honey and food supplements containing pollen derived from a GMO are foodstuffs produced from GMOs and cannot be marketed without prior authorisation.
The Court concluded that a substance such as pollen collected from a variety of genetically modified crops, which has lost its ability to reproduce and is totally incapable of transferring the genetic material it contains, cannot be considered a GMO. Nevertheless, it considers that products such as honey and food supplements containing such pollen constitute foodstuffs which contain ingredients produced from GMOs within the meaning of the Regulation (EC) 1829/2003 on genetically modified food.); The Court also observed that the authorisation scheme for foodstuffs containing ingredients produced from GMOs applies irrespective of whether the pollen is introduced intentionally or adventitiously into the honey.
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