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Env MEPs reject GM honey proposal

European Commission proposals to amend EU legislation on honey and reduce the regulatory impact if it contains pollen from genetically modified crops have been rejected by the European Parliament's Environment Committee. MEPs disagreed with the proposed definition that pollen is a natural component of honey and not an ingredient. The Commission is responding to an EU court ruling in 2011 that honey containing GM pollen requires authorisation, but it does not agree with the court’s interpretation that pollen is an ingredient and thus subject to labelling laws (Agrow No 649, p 10). The Commission recently authorised the extension of food-use approval for Monsanto’s genetically modified insect-resistant MON810 maize to cover the plant’s pollen (see this issue).

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