Having failed to secure a qualified majority at the Standing Committee, the Commission is now obliged to submit a proposal to the Council of Ministers without delay. It is expected that the Commission will put the same proposal to the Internal Market Council on 30 March.
Unless the Council agrees to amend the proposal unanimously the regulation will almost certainly be adopted in the next few months. However, the UK will consider what further can be done to persuade the Commission to improve its proposal. The Ministry suggests that those companies selling foods containing soya or maize ingredients that are likely to be covered by this Regulation, but which have not yet made arrangements to change their labels to declare the presence of GM material, may therefore wish to consider doing so now.