The European Commission authorized five genetically modified crops (three maize and two soybeans) and renewed the authorization for three maize crops used for food and feed. All of these GMOs have gone through a comprehensive and stringent authorization procedure, including a favorable scientific assessment by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). The authorization decisions do not cover cultivation.
Member States did not reach a qualified majority either in favor or against the Standing Committee and the subsequent Appeal Committee. The European Commission has therefore the legal duty to proceed with the authorizations.
The authorizations are valid for ten years, and any product produced from these GMOs will be subject to the EU’s strict labeling and traceability rules.
The European Union (EU) has in place a comprehensive and strict legal regime on genetically modified organisms (GMOs), food and feed made from GMOs, and food/feed consisting or containing GMOs. The EU’s legislation and policy on GMOs, based on the precautionary principle enshrined in EU and international legislation, is designed to prevent any adverse effects on the environment and the health and safety of humans and animals, and it reflects concerns expressed by skeptical consumers, farmers, and environmentalists.