No, all GMO (genetically modified organism) are not really banned in France. This Tuesday, January 5, 2021, the Directorate General for Competition, Consumption and Fraud Control (DGCCRF) clarified that around a hundred GMOs were indeed authorized in France. Indeed, this is particularly the case in human and animal food as specified in the report of “GMO research in the seeds of field crops” put online.
Precisely, if the cultivation of seeds containing GMOs is indeed prohibited in France “a hundred GMOs“in total are well authorized in consumption. In detail, these authorizations mainly concern”the But, the rapeseed, the cotton, the soy and the sugar beet, allow seeds to be imported and marketed for processing, but not for cultivation“. If the text confirms this presence, it specifies, however, that in food or textile products,”the GMO character must be indicated“, and”they are controlled by the DGCCRF“.
This document aims to take stock of the controls of unauthorized GMOs found in seeds. “The presence of unauthorized GMOs in seeds, seeds intended for cultivation and the first link in the food chain, can have irreversible consequences for the environment and represent a risk to health if their safety has not been assessed“Says the DGCCRF. The various investigations were carried out following the detection, in 2018, of a batch of transgenic rapeseed seeds. According to this report, the investigations”targeted this crop and concluded that all batches were compliant” put on the market. “The presence of unauthorized GMOs in seeds, seeds intended for cultivation and the first link in the food chain, can have irreversible consequences for the environment and represent a risk to health if their safety has not been assessed.“, notes the DGCCRF.
The text posted online by the DGCCRF recalls in view of “significant economic consequences that can result from fortuitous contamination by GMOs (grubbing up, withdrawals-recalls, etc.)“, it “will continue regular checks in this sector“.