Genetically Modified Organisms (Contamination)

Environment and Rural Development – in the Scottish Parliament at 2:15 pm on 7th December 2006.

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. Linda Fabiani (Central Scotland) (SNP): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it considers that action is required to ensure that crops are not contaminated by unauthorised GM organisms. (S2O-11329)

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

Action is already taken. Seed suppliers must ensure that the seed that they market for crop production is not contaminated by unauthorised GM organisms. The Scottish Executive's GM inspectorate monitors compliance with that requirement.

Photo of Linda Fabiani Linda Fabiani Scottish National Party

How will the Executive ensure that our local authority monitoring programmes are able to detect unapproved experimental GM traits and imports before they enter the supply chain in future?

Photo of Rhona Brankin Rhona Brankin Labour

As I said, food and feed business operators, including importers, have a responsibility to ensure that the products that they sell do not contain unauthorised GM organisms. Of course, responsibility for the enforcement of legislation lies with the local authorities.