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Stakeholder input wanted: survey on research needs for assessing GMO impacts 

Shaping the Future of GMO Research

Stakeholder with interests in the risk and/or benefit assessment of Genetically Modified Organisms (GMO’s) are invited to take part in an online survey.

The aim of this survey is to identify which research needs should be prioritised, thereby contributing to the commissioning of research on the health, environment and economic impacts of GMOs.

The survey will close on 15th July 2015.

More information and access to the online survey

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GMO Labelling: Guidelines

Food products which must be labelled

EU Regulation 1829/2003 on genetically modified food and feed states which items must be labelled with regard to applications in genetic engineering.

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GM sweetcorn

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Labelling: GM tomatoes

Food which is a genetically modified organism (GMO) or which consists of GMOs.

GMOs can be GM plants, GM animals or GM microorganisms. To date, only GM plants are permitted and, among these, only GM cotton, GM rape, GM soya and GM maize.  

Possible examples include:

  • genetically modified sweetcorn (in tins)*;

  • GM tomatoes**;

  • GM potatoes**;

  • raw salad from GM chicory** ; and

  • GM salmon**.

* = approved in the EU, but not available
** = the respective GM plants or GM animals are not approved in the EU at present


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Labelling: oil or lecithin from GM soybeans

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Labelling: Peanut puff snacks containing starch from GM corn

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Labelling: sugar from GM sugar beet

Food, ingredients or additives, which are produced from GMOs.

For labelling, it is irrelevant if the GMOs used are detectable in the end product.

At present, possible products include those made from GM soy beans and GM maize:

  • oil from GM soy beans;

  • margarine from GM soy bean oil;

  • oil from GM rapeseed/canola;

  • cornflakes from GM corn;

  • starch from GM corn;

  • bread with GM soy protein or GM soy flour; and

  • glucose (dextrose), glucose syrup and other ingredients with GM corn starch.

  • peanut puff snacks oder tacos containing GM corn starch.

Additives which are produced from GM plants also must be labelled, and include:

  • sugar from GM sugar beet;

  • lecithin from GM soy beans;

  • vitamin E (tocopherol) from GM soy beans; and

  • cellulose from GM cotton, used as  thickening agents and binder.

Further products which must be labelled, but for which at present there are no approved GMOs:

  • tomato sauce from GM tomatoes;

  • chips from GM potatoes;

  • starch from GM potatoes or GM wheat; and


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Labelling: wheat beer with GM yeast

Food, ingredients and additives which contain genetically modified organisms:

This category applies primarily to food produced with GM microorganisms, and includes:

  • wheat beer with GM yeast;

  • yeast extract from GM yeast;

  • yoghurt with GM lactobacilli (lactic acid bacteria);

  • salami (raw sausages) with GM lactobacilli (lactic acid bacteria);

  • blue cheese with GM moulds; and

  • Quorn (protein from protazoa) from GM fungi.

To date, no GM yeast, GM bacteria or GM fungi are approved in the EU for use in food.


An EU Research Project

What are the risks of growing GM crops?

What are the benefits?

Numerous studies have addressed the potential impacts of genetically modified (GM) plants. Yet the existing evidence on the effects of GM plants is often contradictory and the quality of scientific research varies widely.

Therefore, the GRACE project will establish new tools for assessing the quality of existing studies and will conduct comprehensive reviews to identify health, environmental and socio-economic impacts of GM plants.

More information


GMO Soybeans & Sustainability

Less soil erosion and fuel consumption: herbicide tolerant soybeans are promoting sustainable cultivation methods.


Glyphosate in European agriculture

Interview with a farmer

Glyphosate containing herbicides are not only used in fields with GM crops. They also allow conventional farmers to sow directly into stubble fields without ploughing. Glyphosate has replaced mechanical weed control in many crops and has had an important impact on agricultural practices and crop yields in Europe over the past few decades.

European Glyphosate Task Force

Fruit and Vegetables
GMO-Procucts: Not to buy yet
October 31, 2007 [nach oben springen]

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