By Catherine J. FrompovichPublished February 12, 2018 06:59:34A proposed EU regulation would require farmers to disclose the presence of genetic modifications to farmers, the European Commission said on Thursday.
The proposed regulation, which has been under discussion since late November, would require companies that cultivate genetically modified (GM) crops to inform the EU that they use the products.
In its report, the Commission said it was concerned that the EU had not done enough to safeguard the interests of farmers and consumers.
“The EU has been slow to act on the growing threat of GM crop contamination, especially as it is a major driver of food prices in Europe,” said the report.
“We want to do more to help farmers to be transparent and have the best possible information, while also ensuring the protection of the environment,” it said.
The report also said that the proposal would require a mandatory warning about the risks of the genetic modification in the EU.
The Commission said the measures would be in addition to existing restrictions on the use of genetically engineered seeds and products.
The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has warned that a number of food crops in the European Union, including soybeans, cotton, maize and potatoes, are being genetically modified to increase their ability to withstand herbicides and other pesticides.
Last year, a court in France ordered the authorities to prohibit GM crops from being grown in the country, following a landmark ruling by the European Court of Justice in March that invalidated EU rules on the import and sale of genetically-modified crops.
The court ruled that the import ban on GM foods was discriminatory.
The court said it applied the rules of the EU, the EEA and the United Nations convention on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in France.
France has been one of the main European states that has resisted the EU’s decision to ban GM crops.
It is currently one of only five EU countries where GM crops are allowed.
Last week, the EU issued a draft law that would ban all new GM crops, but only for a limited time.
In an interim period, the draft law would be subject to a consultation process and will then be finalised and published by the Commission by February 23.