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US-EU Biotechnology Dispute

Volume 455: debated on Wednesday 10 January 2007

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs what the policy was of the UK Government in the negotiations prior to the recent decision of the European Commission not to appeal against the World Trade Organisation’s verdict on the US-EU biotechnology dispute. (110261)

The Government agree with the European Commission that the World Trade Organisation’s verdict does not call into question the current EU regulatory regime on genetically modified organisms (GMO) and will not result in any relaxation of the existing rules. GM products will only be approved for marketing within the EU if they pass a detailed case-by-case risk assessment and are considered safe for human health and the environment.