Genetically Modified Organisms

Department of Health and Social Care written question – answered on 26 July 2019.

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Photo of Chuka Umunna Chuka Umunna Liberal Democrat, Streatham

To ask the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, with reference to the Guidance on how to prepare for Brexit if there's no deal, published by the Department for Exiting the European Union, what parts of the plan for exporting GM food and animal products in the event of a no deal Brexit have been implemented.

Photo of Seema Kennedy Seema Kennedy The Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Health and Social Care

The Food Standards Agency has advised that the guidance addressed the issue that, in the event of a ‘no deal’ scenario and in line with the European Union requirements, United Kingdom businesses holding EU authorisations for genetically modified (GM) food or feed, or for animal feed additives, would need to designate a representative established in the EU or European Economic Area. It set out the action these businesses should take to mitigate the associated risks, which we understand have been taken.

Under any EU exit scenario, it will remain the case that only GM food and animal feed that is authorised for placing on the EU market can be traded with the EU.

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