Blow for consumers after Parliament GM honey vote

SNP MEP Alyn Smith has lambasted European Parliament MPs for their decision to allow GM pollen to be present in honey without clear labelling.

Last night's vote means that pollen will be considered a constituent rather than an ingredient of honey. As a result, for honey contaminated with GM- pollen, neither the authorisation nor the labelling requirements under EU GMO-legislation will apply.

Commenting, two term MEP and full member of the European Parliament's Agriculture Committee, Alyn said:

"Today's decision regrettably gives Parliament's support to the Commission's proposal. The Commission's push to have pollen considered as a constituent rather than an ingredient of honey is hugely disappointing. It shows blatant disregard for wider EU efforts to provide clearer product labelling and for a previous ECJ ruling of 2011 on this issue.

"This result is bad news for beekeepers and consumers alike. Despite a huge degree of public uncertainty, we will see an increasing number of GM products making their way onto our shelves unlabelled.

"I believe that our consumers should have the right to choose whether or not they buy products containing GMOs. Without GMO information being required on the labels of such products, this choice for consumers is inexcusably closed off."