New genomic techniques, new risks

Strict risk, labelling and technology assessments for CRISPR/Cas and Co. are indispensable

Gentechnik im Lebensmittellabor

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The European Commission has announced that it considers softening strict European rules on genetically modified organisms (GMOs) for new genomic techniques (NGTs) such as the "gene scissors" CRISPR/Cas. A legislative proposal is expected in 2023. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) suggests that no in-depth risk assessment should be required for NGTs in plants if no "new" genes are inserted. The Federation of German Consumer Organisations (vzbv) demands that NGTs must continue to be strictly regulated and labelled in order to protect consumers from risks, to guarantee freedom of choice and to prevent damage to ecosystems and biodiversity. Sustainability claims made by producers must not lead to lower safety and labelling standards.


New genomic techniques (NGTs) - agriculture, food production and crucial regulatory issues

Commissioned by and written for Verbraucherzentrale Bundesverband (vzbv) | November 2022

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22-11-04_vzbv position paper NGTs_english

New genomic techniques, new risks

vzbv Position Paper | November 2022

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