Genetically Modified Organisms

House of Lords written question – answered on 2nd November 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 were each of the notifications of transboundary shipments of genetically modified organisms supplied to the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs under EC Regulation 1946/2003 since the Regulation came into force; and for each, what was (a) the date of the export, (b) the date of the receipt of the notification by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and by the importing party, and (c) the company, product and destination.

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

The department has been notified of three shipments which fall within the scope of EC Regulation 1946/2003. These have been made by Oxitec Ltd. and have all consisted of eggs containing genetically modified sterile male mosquitoes of the species Aedes aegypti.

The details requested are given in the table below:

Date of export Date Defra received notification Date of receipt of notification by importing party Destination
4.11.09 19.11.10 26.8.09 Cayman Islands
9.2.11 14.2.11 17.12.10 Brazil
15.9.11 16.9.11 20.10.10 Malaysia

Oxitec Ltd has also exported these eggs on other occasions but these have been classified as contained use, so did not require notification under EC Regulation 1946/2003.

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