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EU ruling confirms limits on GM honey

Beekeepers who discover that their honey contains accidental traces of genetically modified pollen would have to gain EU approval before selling it, says the European Court of Justice (ECJ). All honey and food supplements containing pollen from GM crops, irrespective of the proportion of GM material in the product, would require authorisation under the EU GM food and feed Regulation (1829/2003). The ECJ was asked for advice by a German court after a beekeeper claimed that nearby research plots of Monsanto’s GM insect-resistant MON810 maize had rendered his products unsuitable for marketing and consumption. The ruling is in line with an opinion expressed by the advocate general in February ( Agrow No 610, p12).

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