World News 30/11/2014

Moratorium on nano-foods and labelling of cloned meat

Draft plans to encourage food innovation via a new, simplified authorization procedure for novel foods were approved by the Environment Committee of the European Parlament

The draft legislation, approved by 57 votes to 4 with 2 abstentions, lays down clear deadlines and definitions for the entire process of placing a novel food on the market.

"I was pleased that the 20 Compromise Amendments passed in last night's vote without any problems, and also with a relatively few members expressing disagreement. I think this was reflective of the atmosphere of cooperation in the meetings I have had with the shadow rapporteurs thus far, and I hope we continue in a similar vein in the trilogue negotiations” said James Nicholson (ECR, UK) who is steering the legislation through Parliament.

"Nevertheless, I am not completely satisfied with the outcome of the vote. There were certain amendments on animal cloning and nanomaterials that passed, which my colleagues in the ECR and I voted against. I have been very clear from the start of this process, that given the history of the Novel Foods proposals it was essential that cloning and nanomaterials be dealt with separately” he added.

di S. C.