Food Law News - UK - 2000

FSA Letter, 6 November 2000

GM FOOD - Non Approved GM Ingredients in Tortilla Chips

It has been widely reported that work commissioned by Friends of the Earth has found unquantified levels of flour derived from two GM maize varieties GA21 and DBT418 in samples of tortilla chips sold in the UK. The FSA are currently investigating these claims.

The FSA has written to the British Retail Consortium to remind its member companies that these varieties have not been approved for food use in the EU. The Novel Foods and Novel Food Ingredients Regulations 1997 (as amended) make it an offence to sell foods containing non-approved GM ingredients. The letter requests the BRC to let the FSA know as soon as possible what action BRC members are taking to ensure that foods containing non approved GM ingredients are not being sold to consumers.

For information, the FSA indicates that only ingredients derived from the following GM plant varieties have been approved for food use in the European Union:


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