EU RASFF sees surge in GMO reports
The number of notifications of unauthorised genetically modified material found in food and feed in the EU “somewhat exploded” in 2009, according to the EU Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF) annual report. There were 143 notifications, compared with just 34 in 2008. However, 95 of these concerned the unauthorised linseed event, FP967, in imports from Canada. Germany discovered the event and reported 43 notifications in September 2009, followed by other EU member states. The Canadian Grain Commission has set up a sampling protocol to prevent contaminated linseed exports to the EU. The FP967 event was approved, as Triffid, in Canada in the late 1990s, but was never commercialised and the authorisation was withdrawn in 2001.