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GM Organisms

Volume 447: debated on Tuesday 20 June 2006

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK Government’s policy is on non-food GM crops; and what assessment has been made of the impact of such crops in different parts of the world. (77806)

No genetically modified (GM) crops, including non-food GM crops, will be approved unless they pass a detailed case-by-case assessment of possible risks to human health and the environment. Under European Union (EU) legislation each proposed commercial GM product is subject to a detailed risk assessment which involves careful scrutiny by independent scientists. An evaluation is made of all the risk factors that may arise, including possible toxic or allergenic effects and the likely consequences of any gene transfer. Any GM crop intended for importing into this country from outside the EU would need to have the requisite EU consent.

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the UK Government’s policy is on Poland’s decision to ban the cultivation and sale of genetically modified organisms. (77869)

This is a matter for the Polish Government and the European Commission. The Government’s policy is that we expect member states to abide by existing EU law.