The European Parliament today voted to accept proposals on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) that establish clear traceability and labeling procedures that will modify existing European regulations.

The proposals are being presented by the European Commission as the latest step in building a clear regulatory system to allow new approvals for the import and production of GM crops and foods. They would impose strict labeling and traceability requirements. All foods containing more that 0.9% GM ingredients would have to declare the use of GM materials on the label. To ensure the traceability of GM materials, business operators using or handling GM products will be required to transmit and retain information at each stage between production and placing of products on the market. So systems will need to be devised to identify to whom and from whom GM products are made available.

The European Commission says the proposals "will ensure full...

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