GMO-free labeling of food and feed products has been actively and successfully expanding in Europe over the last years. Market research and monitoring of consumer preferences show a significant public awareness towards the use of GMOs in food and feed, with a large number of consumers expecting their food to be grown, produced and processed without the use of GMOs.
GMO-free labeling of food and feed products has been actively and successfully expanding in Europe over the last years. Market research and monitoring of consumer preferences show a significant public awareness towards the use of GMOs in food and feed, with a large number of consumersexpecting their food to be grown, produced and processed without the use of GMOs.
Currently several different national GMO-free labeling systems exist in European countries, includingthe newly developed “Non-GMO Danube Region Standard”. The undersigned therefore see an
evident necessity for the development and implementation of a common European approach to GMO-free labeling. The undersigned believe that such a common approach will enhance consumer
confidence, as consumers expect transparent, comparable and credible criteria for food and feed labeling. Moreover it will support food and feed producers, processers and marketers who act in an
increasingly pan-European market, with the clear need for equal requirements for production and certification of food and feed. It will also help European farmers producing GMO-free food and feed.
The undersigned commit to actively work towards such a common European approach on GMO-free labeling and to thus support the further expansion of certified GMO-free production and transparent and traceable GMO-free labeling across Europe.
A common European approach on GMO-free labeling requires:
• A pan-European process to work towards a common understanding of the key criteria for production, labeling and certification of GMO-free food and feed.
• To establish these criteria as mutually agreed cornerstones for GMO-free labelling, which may also result in future in a common European standard. The new “Non-GMO Danube Region
Standard” could serve as a basis for this.
• To establish national processes to work towards equivalent standards, with the short-term goal to devise procedures for mutual acceptance and recognition between existing national GMOfree labeling systems.
• To be based on high standards with a balance between a reliable and scientifically valid system on the one hand, and practicality regarding implementation on the other hand.
• For the sake of not misleading information to consumers and joint support of GMO-free agriculture, such an approach needs to be in line with the requirements of organic production
with regard to the use of GMOs.
• To provide the basis for a broad system covering the complete food and feed chain, including clear regulations for production as well as for certification and labeling.
• An increased and systematic information exchange between all relevant players in the field of GMO-free labeling.