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EU Ministers accept GM honey proposal

EU Ministers have approved amendments to legislation on honey that would reduce the regulatory impact if it contains pollen from genetically modified crops. The European Commission proposes to define pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient. This would make it subject to standard rules on the accidental presence of GM material, whereby labels are needed only if the GM pollen makes up more than 0.9% of the honey. The definition is in response to an EU court ruling in 2011 that viewed pollen as an ingredient of honey, which would have meant that any honey containing GM pollen would require authorisation before being sold. The Ministers’ approval follows clearance by the European Parliament earlier this year (Agrow No 681, p 7), and enables the proposal to become law.

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