The European Commission is planning a routine system of labelling for transgenic produce, a traceability and verification system and manufacturer approval procedures. The European Parliament and the Member States are not due to adopt the legislation before December 2001.Plugging a gap in the legislation.Community legislation on marketing genetically-engineered products likely to be used in animal feed (Directive 90/220/EEC) so far covers only "live" GMOs and their derivatives (soya flour, maize gluten preparations, for example). The draft Novel Feed Regulation seeks to fill the legal loopholes by creating suitable legislation modelled on rules for human food (Novel Food Regulation). The fresh legislation should also feature rules on risk assessment, product verification and labelling and...

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