Meeting with the EU Commission on fitness check of EU regulations
4 March 2014 / Brussels. Today Testbiotech, together with various stakeholders, will participate in a meeting organised by the EU Commission to discuss current regulations relating to the food chain. EU Regulation 178/2002, which is perceived as the most basic regulation on food safety, is undergoing scrutiny by the EU Commission REFIT program to evaluate its content and overall effectiveness. This regulation is fundamental to the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA). Testbiotech believes that a substantial improvement in EU food safety standards is essential in order to meet the high level of protection required by this Regulation.
Complaint against the authorisation of SmartStax fails for formal reasons
Munich / Luxembourg 14.2. 2014. In the case brought before the Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) against the decision to authorise the genetically engineered soybean Intacta, Monsanto, the UK government and the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) have now filed their observations. Together with two other organisations, Testbiotech started legal proceedings in 2013 to oppose an EU Commission decision to authorise the soybean for import and usage in food & feed. Monsanto, EFSA and the UK government then joined the court case in support of the EU Commission.
Meta-analysis shows data are insufficient to conclude on the safety of the plants
Testbiotech made a first meta-analysis of some of the data on genetically engineered maize 1507 submitted by industry to authorities in the EU, the US, Australia and New Zealand for their approval procedures. Correct data on the Bt content of the plants is a fundamental prerequisite for a reliable environmental risk assessment of these plants. However the assessment and comparison of the data has revealed huge variations in the amounts of Bt toxin in the plants, and further shows that 1507 maize plants are neither sufficiently homogenous nor predictable.