|April 30, 2004, as reported
by just-food.com: The European Union will equip 24 national
enforcement laboratories from the ten new member countries to monitor
genetically modified organisms. The 24 labs will become part of the
European Network of Genetically Modified Organism (GMO) Laboratories
The network will assist the European Commission's Joint Research
Centre (JRC) to manage the detection, identification and quantification
of GMOs in food and feed samples across Europe.
Under new European Union regulations the JRC has been acting since
18 April as the Community Reference Laboratory (CRL), with the role
of coordinating the validation of detection methods. Since this
date, applications for GM food or feed can now only be granted if
the CRL decides, through a series of tests, that the application's
methods are accurate and effective in detecting GMOs in food and
"Providing a harmonized GMO detection system across Europe
will provide consumers with greater choice and accuracy in selecting
food products and boost the competitiveness of EU biotech companies,"
said European research commissioner Philippe Busquin.
For more information, http://engl.jrc.it/