Parliament also recently voted on a proposal for a regulation on organic food that would reduce the threshold for the presence of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in organic food to 0.1 per cent.

Current legislation allows up to 0.9 per cent adventitious (accidental or unintended) presence of GM material in organic produce before it loses its organic status.

The Parliament’s justification for the reduced limit is that, as organic farming principles exclude the use and presence of GMOs in organic processes and products, it is important to ensure the adoption of legislation that guarantees contamination with GMOs does not take place.

The Parliament’s role in the regulation’s legislative process is merely consultative and the final decision on the matter will be taken by EU farm ministers at the European Council meeting at the end of June. Organic food and environmental groups have nevertheless welcomed the Parliament’s decision.