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GM Food & Feed - Authorisation
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Since 18 April 2004, GM Food and Feed are regulated in the European Community under Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 pdf on genetically modified food and feed. It provides for a single Community procedure for the new authorisation of all food and feed derived from a GMO and, as the case may be, of the GMO itself as a food or as a feed and of food or feed containing the GMO.

Several applications for authorisation of genetically modified food and feed have been submitted under this Regulation. A few products have already been authorized in the meantime.

Regulation (EC) No 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed :

Until 18 April 2004, GM food was regulated as novel food, and food derived from eighteen GM events have been approved so far (essentially maize and soy derivatives, oilseed rape oil and cottonseed oil). There was no specific legislation covering GM feed, but nine GM events (five maize varieties, three rape varieties and one soy variety) have been approved under the EU environmental legislation so far, and these approvals include the use as or in feedingstuffs.

Novel Food Regulation (EC) No 258/97 :

Directive No 2001/18/EC on deliberate release of GMOs into the environment :