Austria Approves GM Legislation
Vienna - Agribiotechnology opponents were disappointed in the new regulations on genetically modified (GM) foods, feed and acreage, approved by the Austrian Council in mid-September. The new regulation does not foresee a preference for a particular farming scheme, but makes it easier to ask for compensation if adven-titious bymixtures of GM crops in non-GM products occur. Additionally the regulation refers the establishment of so-called GM-free regions to the responsibility of Federal States. A public database will be set up that lists details and locations of all deliberate GM crop releases. Market approval of GM products will be limited to 10 years.