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The ECJ ruling on mutagenesis requires a change in EU GMO legislation


On 23 April 2019, 22 EU food and feed chain organisations jointly signed a letter urging Member States and the EU Commission to ensure EU legislation allows EU operators of the food and feed chain to preserve access to competitive supply of innovative food and feed ingredients. On 9 May 2019, the letter received support from four additional business organisations. In total, 26 organisations are reiterating their concern about the European Court of Justice ruling on case C-528/16.


On 25 July 2018, the European Court of Justice interpreted the provisions of the EU GMO Directive 2001/18 in such a way that products resulting from innovative, targeted mutagenesis methods are regulated under the provisions of the GMO-Directive. This decision triggered strong reactions from many stakeholders and the scientific community, stressing that this would hinder dramatically the delivery of innovative and more sustainable agricultural products produced using new gene editing breeding techniques.

For EU organisations of the food and feed chain including FEFAC, products that could have been produced by conventional methods and are indistinguishable from conventional ones should not fall under the GMO Directive 2011/18 and this means adapting the legal framework to that extent.