Genetically Modified Organisms

Environment Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 28th February 2011.

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Photo of Michael Meacher Michael Meacher Labour, Oldham West and Royton

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs if she will place in the Library a copy of the information supplied to her under EC Regulation 1946/2003 by Oxitec prior to its transboundary shipment of genetically-modified mosquito eggs to (a) the Cayman Islands, (b) Malaysia, (c) India, (d) Brazil, (e) Singapore, (f) Thailand, (g) USA and (h) Vietnam.

Photo of James Paice James Paice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

Exports of genetically modified organisms are only required to be notified to the UK Competent Authority under Regulation 1946/2003 if they are to be exported to a non-EU country for release into the environment. Exports of GMOs are not covered by this requirement if they are intended for contained use as was the case in respect of the shipment of mosquito eggs by Oxitec to Malaysia, India, Brazil, Singapore, Thailand, the United States and Vietnam. Information on the export of GM mosquito eggs to the Cayman Islands for release to the environment has already been placed in the Libraries of the House in response to a Lords parliamentary question from the noble Lady, The Countess of Mar on 13 January 2011, Volume No. 723, Part No. 93.

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