Europe Takes the Cake for Strict Non-GMO Regulation

In 2003, the EU passed regulatory laws which detail some of the most stringent GMO regulations on food and feed in the entire world.

It is often shocking to learn that certain food crops and additives found in the United States and other countries—such as in bread, baked goods, candy and confectionery—are banned in Europe.

The EU uses the precautionary principle and demands pre-market authorization for any GMO entering the market, as well as post-market environmental monitoring. The criteria for authorization falls into four main categories: Safety, Freedom of Choice, Labelling and Traceability.

All GMOs—along with irradiated food—are considered “new food” and are subject to extensive, case-by-case food evaluation by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA).

Both the EFSA and member states author a risk assessment which must show that the food or feed is safe for human and animal health, as well as the environment under its “intended conditions of use”.

EU law also requires that all genetically modified food be traceable to its origin, and that all food with GM content greater than 0.9% be labelled.

Why does this matter?

Since 1997, Austrade has delivered on Organic & Non-GMO declarations with a proven track record, reliable supply, and 100% traceability—predominantly sourced from Europe.

Our wide range of Organic & Non-GMO ingredients are optimal for various manufacturing conditions and are well-suited for most food & beverage formulations.

Our premium portfolio adheres to the most stringent European standards—providing the Clean Label requirements your global customer wants with the performance qualities your formulation needs.

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