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Wednesday, 28 October 2015 - Strasbourg Revised edition

Use of genetically modified food and feed (A8-0305/2015 - Giovanni La Via)

  Nessa Childers (S&D), in writing. ‒ Today, I was joined by an overwhelming majority of fellow MEPs in rejecting a proposal from the Commission to reform this GMO authorisation process.

The systems currently in place to open or close the door to genetically modified food and feed in EU markets are not appropriate and need tightening. The Commission was tempting us with what could be termed a dubious legal offer to allow Member States to ban EU-approved GMOs, while ignoring serious flaws with the approval system in the first place.

Almost 60% of EU consumers have serious concerns about the safety and the long-term implications of genetically modified organisms. We must take these concerns very seriously and it makes sense to allow EU countries to ban GM feed imports. I do not think we should sacrifice this freedom to the integrity of the single market. However, we must make sure that this possibility is solid enough to withstand a legal challenge invoking breaches of EU or World Trade Organisation rules.

I am firmly of the view that we should have a moratorium and halt all GMO approval procedures until we have a serious review of the authorisation system itself.

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