European food safety committee to focus on GMO cultivation dossier

A desire to make “significant progress” on the European Parliament’s (EP) dossier on GMO cultivation is one of the key autumn targets set for the EP’s environment, public health and food safety committee.

The need to focus on GMO cultivation is one of the priorities listed for attention during the Italian Council Presidency. Programme targets for the autumn have emerged following meetings this week between various parliamentary committees and Italian ministers.

According to an official EP statement, relating to the schedule set for the environment, public health and food safety committee, the Presidency “intends to make significant progress on the GMO cultivation dossier, reducing consumption of plastic bags, the air quality package, monitoring maritime transport emissions, and the Indirect Land Use Change (ILUC) legislation”.  

The same statement also quoted EP Health Minister Beatrice Lorenzin as saying that the Presidency will seek an early second reading agreement on official checks in the agri-food chain.

“Health is not a cost,” she added, “but an investment for our society.”

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