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European Parliament Clarifies Definition and Labeling Rules for Genetically Modified Pollen in Honey
Directive 2014/63/EU of the European Parliament was published in the Official Journal and defines pollen as a natural constituent of honey, rather than an ingredient.
Labeling of Genetically Modified Pollen in Honey
Current legislation did not state explicitly whether pollen in honey is a constituent or an ingredient. As we reported in a former Safeguard (http://newsletter.sgs.com/
- GM pollen has to be labeled if it makes up more than 0.9% of pollen.
- Honey is not marketable in European Union Member States if it contains pollen from GM plants which are not authorized to be used as ingredients in honey.
Pollen: a Constituent of Honey
With pollen defined as a constituent of honey, current EU legislation on labeling applies, which states that GMOs must be indicated if they are present as a quantity of more than 0.9% of the honey (and not of the pollen). However, since pollen only forms around 0.5 % of any batch of honey, it will not exceed the labeling threshold.
- Directive 2014/63/EU (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/
- Council Directive 2001/110/EC (http://eur-lex.europa.eu/
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