EFSA invites NGOs to talk GMOs

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The European Food Safety Authority is holding a meeting on 2 October for non-governmental organisations to exchange views with its scientists working in the ara of genetic modification.

GM is a fraught topic in Europe, and some NGOs have campaigned long and hard against widespread acceptance of the technology.

Representatives of organisations including Friends of the Earth and the European Environment Bureau (EEB) are invited, as well as consumers groups such as the European Consumers’ Organisation (BEUC).

Members of EFSA’s GMO panel will be in attendance, and topics for discussion will include LLRice62, and comments NGOs have submitted to the European Commission’s public consultation on the renewal of the existing authorisation for the GM maize MON810, following EFSA’s opinion.

The risk assessor is emphasising its science-only agenda at the outset: “Whilst some NGOs have wider interests and views, EFSA is neither for nor against GM technology and its role is solely to provide an independent assessment of the safety of each GMO based on the most rigorous risk assessment standards and methodology – all according to European Union and internationally agreed guidelines.”

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