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Food: Genetically Modified Organisms

Volume 470: debated on Tuesday 15 January 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what steps the Food Standards Agency has taken to ensure that genetically modified organisms which have not received EU approval can be detected in cargoes imported into the UK from non-EU countries. (179176)

At national level, the Food Standards Agency is responsible for overseeing the food law enforcement activities of local authorities, including those related to imported products. It supports local authorities by funding training, providing grants and making other resources available. In the case of genetically modified food, the European Commission through its Joint Research Centre (JRC) is also able to provide practical support for laboratories involved in analysing food and feed for unauthorized material. The Food Standards Agency is encouraging the Commission and the JRC to expand this work.