16.07.2003 |

EU Takes Member States to Court Over GMOs

The Commission, the European Union`s executive arm, said it was taking 11 out of 15 governments to court as they had not implemented the main new EU rules on approving GMO crops that should have been in place last October.The "deliberate release" directive was passed by EU states and the European Parliament in 2001 after years of debate on how best to test and monitor GMOs to allay consumer fears about the hi-tech foods' potential risks to health and the environment.But the Commission said all EU states except Britain, Sweden, Denmark and Portugal had failed to put the new legislation into their national law and was taking them to the European Court of Justice to pressure them to do so.</p><p><a href="http://asia.reuters.com/newsArticle.jhtml?type=scienceNews&storyID=3093180">Reuters</a>

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