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Genetically Modified Organisms

Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs written question – answered on 27th February 2017.

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Photo of Jim Shannon Jim Shannon Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Health), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Transport), Shadow DUP Spokesperson (Equality)

To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs, what steps her Department is taking to ensure that GM food products are safe to eat and do not harm the environment.

Photo of George Eustice George Eustice The Minister of State, Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs

GM foods and the crops they are derived from are subject to a robust safety assessment and will only be approved for release or marketing if they do not pose a serious risk to human health and the environment. The centralised EU assessment process is overseen by the European Food Safety Authority, with UK Ministers also receiving independent scientific advice on the environmental safety of GM crops from the Advisory Committee on Releases to the Environment.

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