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Industry warns GMO import proposals will hit EU trade

Plans to renationalise the approval process for genetically modified crops for import would “end the EU internal market” and set up a “patchwork of national bans on imports of safe products”, warns the European biotechnology association, EuropaBio. The comments came as the European Commission issued its formal proposals to remove the requirement for member states to implement EU approvals for GM crops for import, processing and use in food and feed. In a draft revealed earlier this month, the Commission said that its plan “mirrors and complements” similar rules allowing countries to impose national restrictions or bans on the cultivation of EU-approved GM crops.

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