The full impact of new European regulations on genetically modified foods has yet to be felt by the food industry. An EU-wide road show next month could help companies get to grips with the tough new legislation.
Next month Cert ID, a joint venture of Genetic ID based in Germany, the United States and Japan, and Britain's Law Laboratories, will hold a series of free 'Non-GMO traceability conferences' for the food and feed industries in Germany, Belgium, Italy, France and the United Kingdom.
The company, as well as promoting its own certification programmes, has put together a series of topics for the conference including an introduction and overview of the new GMO and traceability regulations, the future of GMOs in Brazil, and latest advances in DNA detection technologies.
Questions on the table include 'How will the new regulations affect my business?', 'How will they be enforced?' 'Will I have to label my products?' and 'Do I have the right suppliers?'.
In July European Union farm ministers gave formal approval to Commission proposals - driven by consumer demand - for the labelling of all genetically modified food and animal feed. The move is aimed at lifting the bloc's five-year-old de facto moratorium on most biotech crops.