Extracts from the press conference by Tonio Borg, on animal cloning and novel food

Type: Summary of press conference   Reference: I-084878   Duration: 10:02:55  Lieu:
End production: 18/12/2013   First transmission: 18/12/2013
On 18 December 2013, Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health, gave a press conference on animal cloning and novel food. The EC adopted on the same day three draft laws on animal cloning and on novel food which would provide legal certainty in this field. Two proposals would ban the use of the cloning technique in the EU for farm animals and the imports of these animal clones. The marketing of food from animal clones would also be prohibited. These proposals intended to address animal welfare and other ethical concerns related to the use of the technique. The draft law on novel food revised the existing Novel Food Regulation with a view to improving access of new and innovative food to the EU market, while still maintaining a high level of consumer protection.

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10:00:00 Title 00:00:05
10:00:05 Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels 00:00:05
10:00:10 General view of the press conference 00:00:04
10:00:14 Cutaway of a journalist 00:00:03
10:00:18 Soundbite by Tonio Borg, Member of the EC in charge of Health, (in ENGLISH): So, on Novel Food, today's proposal revises the current Regulation with a view to improving access of new and innovative food to the EU market, while maintaining a high level of consumer protection. We are proposing to create a centralised authorisation system. We could have centralised authorisation system which authorizes novel food rather than seeking national authorisation from each Member States which will allow greater certainty for applicants seeking an authorisation for a novel food. Novel food is food which was not available in a common way before 1997. And it will simplify and speed up the process to enable safe and innovative food to reach the EU market faster. 00:00:53
10:01:11 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:05
10:01:16 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): I have proposed two draft directives addressing animal welfare and also ethical concerns related to the use of the cloning technique. Now one of the directives, the first one will ban in the EU the use of the cloning technique for farmed animals and also proposes a ban on imports into the EU of these cloned animals. So, a ban on the cloning technique and a ban on the importation of the clone animal itself. The second Directive bans the marketing of food inside EU, which comes from cloned animals, so meat from cloned animal will not be marketed, it will not be possible to market the food from cloned animals inside the EU or milk from cloned animals. 00:01:14
10:02:31 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:03
10:02:35 Soundbite by Tonio Borg (in ENGLISH): In conclusion the changes on novel food will create a more efficient and cost effective authorisation system which will offer European consumers the benefit of a broad choice of foodstuffs and provides a favourable environment for Europe's food industry. 00:00:20
10:02:55 Cutaway of the audience 00:00:09
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