EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou said: "This is a targeted measure which is necessary to uphold EU law, maintain consumer confidence and ensure that the unauthorized GMO Bt10 cannot enter the EU. Imports of maize products which are certified as free of Bt10 will be able to continue, but at the same time we cannot and will not allow a GMO which has not gone through our rigorous authorization procedures to enter the EU market. This measure is designed to affect trade as little as possible."

The emergency measure specifies that consignments of corn gluten feed and brewers grain from the USA can only be placed on the EU market if they are accompanied by a report by an accredited laboratory which demonstrates that the product does not contain Bt10.

EU member states are responsible for controlling the imports entering each EU country, preventing any contaminated consignments from being placed on the market and for random sampling and analysis of products already on the market.

According to current information from U.S. authorities and the European food industry, food products in the EU are not affected and they are therefore not included in the scope of the emergency measure at this stage. However, the measure agreed today requires the member states to monitor whether GM food products are present on their market, whether these have been contaminated by Bt10 and to inform the Commission.

The measure will be adopted by the Commission and will enter into force when the written procedure expires early next week. The measure will be reviewed by the Commission by the end of October 2005.

Source: Government Release