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TITLE:  Register of existing GM food and feed products published
SOURCE: European Commission

http://europa.eu.int/rapid/pressReleasesAction.do?reference=IP/05/439&type=HTML&aged=0&language=EN&guiLanguage=en
DATE:   18 Apr 2005

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Register of existing GM food and feed products published

Reference: IP/05/439

The Commission has published a list of 26 genetically modified (GM) products
which have been legally on the EU market since before the new legislative
framework for authorising GM food and feed had entered into effect. These
so-called “existing products” were either approved under former EU
legislation, or did not require approval at the time that they were put on
the market. They have been added to a specific section of the Community
register of genetically modified (GM) food and feed in order to clarify
exactly which GM products are legally permitted to be sold in the EU and to
have full information on these products. Markos Kyprianou, Commissioner for
Health and Consumer Protection said: “This register is an important tool to
clarify the legal status of GMOs allowed for sale in the EU before the
current legislation entered into force in April 2004. The register makes it
clear which products can legally be sold in the EU, although in reality many
of these products may not currently be on the EU market.”

Since the entry into force of Regulation 1829/2003 on GM food and feed in
April 2004, all GM products seeking to enter the EU market as food or feed
have to undergo a thorough authorisation procedure, including a scientific
safety assessment by EFSA. However, there are certain GM food and feed
products which can be legally sold in the EU according to the rules in
place before Regulation 1829/2003. In order to cover these GM products,
Regulation 1829/2003 stipulated that operators who wished to continue
marketing an “existing product” had to notify the Commission and submit
detailed information on the GMO before 18 October 2004. Non-notified
products will no longer be allowed on the EU market. The Commission, in
co-operation with the Joint Research Centre, examined the validity of the
notifications it received and agreed to enter 26 GMOs into a specifically
created section of the Community register of genetically modified food and
feed. Once one of these “existing products” is on this register, it can
legally be sold in the EU for a set period of between 3-9 years, after
which it has to resubmit an application for the renewal of the
authorisation. For the register of GM “existing products”, see:

http://europa.eu.int/comm/food/food/biotechnology/authorisation/register_notification/index.htm




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