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EP sends clear signals on food from clones and nanomaterials in food

Press Release

Tuesday 25 Nov 2014

The European Parliament’s environment committee voted on Monday, on proposals to revise EU rules on novel foods, foods or foodstuffs that only recently started being consumed.

“The vote was a very good outcome and included provisions on food from clones and the use of nanomaterials in food, and we sent stong signals on how the EU and its institutions should deal with novel foods. There are legitimate concerns about the impacts of these new types of foods – whether on human health, the environment or animal welfare. The commission must now review the EU’s approach to these new foods.

“The vote also called for all food from clones and their descendants to be clearly labelled until there is specific legislation dealing with clone food. MEPs also voted for a moratorium on ‘nano-foods’ until there are specific risk assessment methods in place enabling the European Food Safety Authority to assess the use of nano-materials in food.