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Parliamentary questions
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7 November 2019
E-002850/2019(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Andriukaitis on behalf of the European Commission
Question reference: E-002850/2019

Products placed on the EU market, whether imported or produced in the EU, have to fulfil the requirements of the EU legislation. The burden of proof is on economic operators both within and outside the EU territory, including verification that unauthorised genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are not placed on the market and that traceability and labelling rules for authorised GMOs (as set by the EU legislation(1)) are fulfilled.

The Commission services have been discussing the implementation of the Court ruling on Case C‐528/16(2) on mutagenesis with the Member States experts in several Standing Committee meetings. The Commission invited Member States to submit information on the challenges that they are facing in implementing and enforcing the GMO legislation as the Court has interpreted it.

To support Member States, their official control laboratories and operators, the Commission requested the European Union Reference Laboratory for Genetically Modified Food and Feed and the European Network of GMO laboratories to elaborate a report on possibilities and limitations regarding the detection of food or feed obtained by new mutagenesis techniques.

The report was published on 26 March 2019(3) and acknowledges challenges to develop detection methods for certain plants produced with some precision plant breeding techniques.

The Commission would like to clarify that there are no plans to put forward new legislative proposals concerning the legislation on GMOs under the current College of Commissioners.

(1)https://ec.europa.eu/food/plant/gmo/legislation_en
(2)http://curia.europa.eu/juris/liste.jsf?oqp=&for=&mat=or&lgrec=en&jge=&td=%3BALL&jur=C%2CT%2CF&num=c528%252F16&page=1&dates=&pcs=Oor&lg=&pro=&nat=or&cit=none%252CC%252CCJ%252CR%252C2008E%252C%252C%252C%252C%252C%252C%252C%252C%252C%252Ctrue%252Cfalse%252Cfalse&language=en&avg=&cid=5343204
(3)http://gmo-crl.jrc.ec.europa.eu/doc/JRC116289-GE-report-ENGL.pdf

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