Agriculture: Genetically Modified Crops

House of Lords written question – answered on 27th March 2014.

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Photo of The Countess of Mar The Countess of Mar Deputy Speaker (Lords)

To ask Her Majesty’s Government what regulations covered the export of seeds to Canada from transgenic tomatoes grown under the Genetically Modified Organisms (Contained Use) Regulations 2000 at the John Innes Centre; how they were consigned; and how any transgenic tomato juice will be imported into the United Kingdom and stored.

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

The export of the seeds was subject to the requirements at Article 12.1 and 12.3 of EU Regulation No.1946/2003 on the transboundary movement of genetically modified organisms (GMOs). The seeds were consigned to the importer on that basis, in appropriately sealed packaging. The tomato juice is being sterilised before export to the UK and will not contain any seeds. The import is therefore not subject to any GMO-related requirements. The juice will be stored in an appropriate manner at the John Innes Centre.

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