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EuropaBio: Time for the Commission to Authorize Safe GMO Imports

January 14, 2015

The European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) has released a position paper urging the Commission to authorize imports of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). Titled "Time for the Commission to Authorize Safe GMO Imports," the position paper states that safe products should be allowed onto the market, and that European livestock farmers should be permitted to use safe animal feed of their choice, while European consumers should have access to biotech products with health benefits. Without such imports, the competitiveness and viability of Europe's livestock farming sector will be jeopardized, according to the paper.

EuropaBio has also included a list that includes the status and delays of risk assessed GM import dossiers pending in the EU system as of January 1st 2015. Since late 2013, the European Commission has failed to formally adopt any authorization decisions for GM crops for import. As of January 1, 2015, 23 safety-assessed GM products are currently waiting for approval by the European Commission, among which 18 are for import.

Download the position paper at: http://www.europabio.org/sites/default/files/position/undue_delays_update_january_2015_final.pdf.