Honey – Rules on GMO in the EU

On 24 June 2011 the Commission adopted Regulation EC 619/2011, harmonising the implementation of the zero-tolerance policy on non-authorised genetically modified (GM) material in feed. This Regulation enters into force on 15 July 2011 and will address EU business operator’s legal uncertainty when marketing feed imported from non-EU countries. Attached you will find the regulation
Prior to this Regulation, GM food and feed legislation did not provide rules for controlling the presence in feed of material which contains, consists of or is produced from GMOs undergoing EU authorisation or for GMOs with an expired authorisation. Consequently, EU countries’ official controls applied different approaches for these GMOs.

Key points of the new Regulation

  • Sets a technical zero at a level of 0.1 % – the lowest level of GM material considered by the EU Reference Laboratory for the validation of quantitative methods;
  • Harmonises sampling and testing controls in all EU countries;
  • Limited to GM feed material;

GM material must comply with the following criteria:

  1. be authorised for commercialisation in a non-EU country;
  2. have a valid EFSA application under Article 17 of Regulation EC 1829/2003;
  3. have not been identified by EFSA as having adverse effects at the level of 0.1%;
  4. quantitative method of analysis published by the EU reference laboratory;
  5. certified reference material must be available to EU-countries and third parties;
  6. have an expired authorisation under Article 20 of Regulation EC 1829/2003;






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2 Responses to Honey – Rules on GMO in the EU

  1. mamta rani says:

    What is the sampling plan for honey GMO detection analysis? Which EU regulation covers it?

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