Genetically Modified Organisms

House of Lords written question – answered on 13th January 2011.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Chairman of Committees, Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty's Government what notifications for export of genetically modified organisms were received by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under EC Regulation 1946/2003 since the Regulation came into force, including (a) the dates they were received, (b) the company and the product, and (c) the intended destination; and whether they will provide copies of the associated risk assessments.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Defra has received a copy of one notification of a transboundary movement of a genetically modified (GM) organism intended for deliberate release into the environment in a third country under Regulation (EC) 1946/2003. This notification, from Oxitec, concerned the export of mosquito eggs for the release of hatched mosquitoes in the Cayman Islands. This information was received on 1 December 2010. A copy of the risk assessment pertaining to the planned GM organism release will be placed in the Libraries of the House.

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