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Gene-Manipulated Foods

Volume 301: debated on Tuesday 25 November 1997

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To ask the Minister of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food what steps he is taking to implement controls on gene-manipulated foods. [17023]

The EC novel foods and novel food ingredients regulation 258/97, which came into force on 15 May, established an EU wide pre-market approval system for novel foods and novel food ingredients, including those containing or produced from genetically modified organisMs (GMOs). All applications for approval of novel foods under the regulation will be considered in the UK by the independent Advisory Committee on Novel Foods and Processes and its advice published.