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(98/C 82/50) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2138/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(24 June 1997)

Subject: Novel food regulation No 258/97 − Composition of the Food Committee

1. How will the public be represented on the EU’s Food Committee?

2. Will representatives of national consumer and environmental organizations be involved in the Food
Committee’s deliberative and decision-making procedures?

3. If so, how will the representatives be chosen?

4. Will consumer and environmental organizations be entitled to nominate persons?

Answer
(20 October 1997)

Subject to any additional provisions in its rules of procedure, the composition of this Committee is declined by
Decision 69/414/EEC setting it up.

(98/C 82/51) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2140/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(24 June 1997)

Subject: Novel food regulation No 258/97 − Labelling requirements

In accordance with the novel food regulation (1), will labelling of a genetically modified food be required only id
there is both a difference in its nutritional characteristics, as compared with a product which has not been
genetically modified, and if proof of the genetic modification is possible?

(1) OJ L 43, 14.2.1997, p. 1.

Answer
(20 October 1997)

In addition to the general requirements of Community legislation on labelling of foodstuffs, Article 8 of


Regulation (EC) No 258/97 concerning novel foods and novel food ingredients (1) lays down additional specific
labelling requirements to inform the final consumer.

Labels must inform the consumer, as appropriate of:


− any characteristic or food property which renders a novel food or food ingredient no longer equivalent to an
existing food or food ingredient.
A novel food or food ingredient shall be deemed to be no longer equivalent if scientific assessment, based
upon an appropriate analysis of existing data, can demonstrate that the characteristics assessed are different
in comparison with a conventional food or food ingredient, having regard to the accepted limits of natural
variations for such characteristics.
− the presence in the novel food or food ingredient of material which is not present in an existing equivalent
foodstuff and which may have implications for the health of certain sections of the population or give rise to
ethical concerns;
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− the presence of an organism genetically modofied by techniques of genetic modification, the non-exhaustive
list of which is laid down in Annex IA, Part 1 of Directive 90/220/EEC.

(1) OJ L 43, 14.2.1997, p. 1.

(98/C 82/52) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2144/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(24 June 1997)

Subject: Novel food regulation No 258/97 − Labelling requirements

How are the supervisory bodies to check compliance with labelling requirements?

(98/C 82/53) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2146/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(24 June 1997)

Subject: Novel food regulation No 258/97 − Sanctions in the event of failure to comply with the labelling
requirements

1. What punitive measures are provided for in the event of failure to comply with the labelling requirements?

2. Is there a list of fixed penalties?

(98/C 82/54) WRITTEN QUESTION E-2152/97


by Hiltrud Breyer (V) to the Council
(24 June 1997)

Subject: Novel food regulation No 258/97 − Submission of DNA reference samples by applicants for a product

Is there any provision for manufacturers of genetically engineered food to submit to the supervisory bodies the
information they need to perform their tasks (e.g. information on the detailed structure of the genetically
engineered matter)?

Joint answer
to Written Questions E-2144/97, E-2146/97 and E-2152/97
(20 October 1997)

Subject to implementation of ARticle 8 (3), Regulation No 258/97 does not specifically provide for setting up
supervisory bodies as referred to by the Honourable Member.

The practical arrangements for monitoring the implementation of this Regulation at national level are the
responsibility of the Member States.