Food Law News - UK - 1999

1 July 1999: GM FOODS - Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill.

1 July 1999

Genetically Modified Food and Producer Liability Bill.

A Bill has been introduced into the UK Parliament with the stated aim of
To make further provision with respect to the safety of & liability for the deliberate release or marketing of genetically modified organisms & genetically modified food; to establish a genetically modified organism compensation fund; & for connected purposes.

It can be viewed at:

It can be noted that it inlcudes a definition of the "precautionary principle" and states
"precautionary principle" means that where there is a risk of significant damage to human health or the environment lack of scientific certainty should not be used as a reason for not taking or for postponing measures to avoid or minimise such a risk;".

Since it is not a government Bill, it is unlikely that it will progress very far.

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