Politics / Law
EU slashed update of Novel Food Regulation
Brussels/Strasbourg – A conflict over a marketing ban of foods produced from the offspring of cloned animals has disrupted the plans of the European Commission and the EU Council to modernise the EU’ s Novel Food Regulation from 1997. Talks between the Commission, Ministers and the European Parliament reached no compromise so the old Regulation will keep in place. The Commission and the ministers rejected the call of MEPs to implement labelling of all products from animal clones and 1st offspring saying it would not be possible to trace back which animals had been produced from cloned bulls, a common practice in Argentina and the US. In October, the Commission had changed its former position not to accept a marketing ban on cloned animals and had proposed to implement a 5 year moratorium. But it excluded products from offspring of cloned animals because there were no safety issues concerning them, according to the EU’s food watchdog EFSA. After the failure to compromise, the old regulation is retained, which does not include specific rules for safety assessment of novel foods including nanoparticles or other ingredients of potential concern.