EU Commission authorises two genetically modified crops as food and animal feed

22 February 2023

The European Commission has authorised the use of genetically modified rapeseed and has renewed the authorisation for genetically modified soy, intended for human and animal consumption. The Commission’s authorisation is for food and feed use only and does not allow cultivation in the EU. These genetically modified crops have undergone a complete and rigorous procedure, which guarantees a high level of protection of human and animal health, as well as for the environment.

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has issued a favourable scientific assessment concluding that these genetically modified organisms (GMOs) are as safe as their conventional counterparts. Member states did not reach a qualified majority for or against authorisation in the standing committee and subsequent appeal committee. Authorisations are valid for 10 years and any product made from these GMOs will be subject to strict EU labeling and traceability rules.

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