Following EU regulations: SERBIAN Minister of Agriculture will not allow the cultivation of GMOs in Serbia!
Belgrade – Serbia will not allow the cultivation of genetically modified organisms (GMOs), except for scientific research purposes and strictly controlled conditions Glamočić says.
The law in this area should be changed to make it mandatory labeling of GMO products, modeled on the EU basis, said Agriculture Minister of Serbia Dragan Glamočić.
The minister told BETA (Serbian News agency) that it is possible that the citizens of Serbia now use food from genetically modified organisms, as under current law is not considered a genetically modified product of any agricultural product containing up to 0.9 percent of the genetic modification.
“Such a product is imported and marketed as a conventional product, the product without genetic modification. Inspection Service of the Ministry in such cases have no legal basis to act,” said Glamočić.
The minister as “serious failure” in the current law, said that he does not have a provision that provides for labeling of GM products, and added that, contrary to Serbian law, regulation of the EU is “very restrictive” in this regard and provides for compulsory labeling of all products that are made or containing genetically modified organisms.
He added that in practice the current law says “our doors is wide open to up to 0.9 percent of GMO content, because the law is not being treated this kind of product as a GMO, and for them not seeking any special permission.”
“Unlike in our country, in the EU for these products as well as seed material is required to undergo a sharp and lengthy procedure of authorization, which is very complicated and demanding process, which does not result in placing on the market of these products, but only those that pass this very restrictive procedure, “said Glamočić.
Asked whether the World Trade Organization (WTO) and the EU ask Serbia to allow genetically modified food, Glamočić said that WTO rules provide that members of the organization cannot apply an explicit ban on the import or export of any product.
“This provision is no exception, which means that it applies to products with GM content. However, there are other mechanisms, apart from the import prohibition, which allow states to prohibit import of de facto through the system, which means a very sharp procedure for obtaining individual licenses for import” said Glamočić.
According to his words, the lifting of the ban to import does not mean that the imports are free, on the contrary.
“The EU has established one of the most restrictive licensing system prior to the placing of GMO products on the market. This system means the regime of prior authorization – which means that the market can not release a product that has not undergone a rigorous procedure for obtaining a permit. This means in practice that rarely that product obtained permission to trade in the EU,” said the minister.
“The best thing at this point we can do is to regulate this area in accordance with the standards applicable in the EU and our environment,” said the minister.
GMO and beekeeping
From beekeeping point we were asking a lot of times if could genetically modified crops be killing bees? For getting more knowledge how is GMO related to honey bees read article wrote by beekeeper and biologist Rendy Oliver -> Colony Collapse Revisited – Genetically Modified Plants.
Source: www.b92.net, www.marxist.com and www.healthyfoodhouse.com