EU strengthens food advisory group
The European Commission has extended the status and mandate of a food advisory body that has previously urged action to ease imports of genetically modified crops. The High-Level Group on Competitiveness in the Agro-Food Industry has been upgraded to a High-Level Forum, which will be representative of all food chain operators. It will start work in autumn on implementing the initiatives suggested by the former Group to enhance the growth and efficiency of the EU’s food supply chain. The work will end by December 31st 2012. In 2009, the Group urged the Commission to resolve the block on feed imports containing low levels of unauthorised GM crops ( Agrow No 566, p 11). It suggested that greater consideration could be taken of GM crops that have passed safety assessments in countries outside the EU, even if they have not yet received EU approval. However, the Commission has yet to come up with proposals for changing the current “zero tolerance” policy.