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Food and Feed Safety (18-04-2005)

GM “Existing Products” Register 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 entered into effect has been published by the Commission today. 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. However, under Regulation 1829/2003 on GM food and feed, 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.

A specific section of the Community register of genetically modified (GM) food and feed has been created for these existing products. The aim is to clarify exactly which GMOs are legally permitted to be sold in the EU and to have full information on these products. The list is comprised of 12 varieties of maize, 6 of oilseed rape, 5 of cotton, one of soybean, one biomass and one yeast cream.

For press release and memo on GM existing products, see: IP/05/439

For Questions and Answers on GM existing products, see: MEMO/05/130

For GM food and feed register, click here.