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EU finalises proposal on GM honey

The European Commission has finalised its proposal to amend EU legislation on honey to clarify the regulatory impact if it contains pollen from genetically modified crops. The change would add a definition to make it clear that pollen is a natural component of honey and not an ingredient. The aim is to resolve uncertainty arising from an EU court ruling in 2011 that honey containing GM pollen requires authorisation. While not wanting to go against the legislative conclusion of the court, the Commission disagrees with its interpretation that pollen is an ingredient ( Agrow No 648, p 7).


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