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16/09/2010

Answer to written question on GM wine (Catherine Stihler (S&D) )

1 September 2010.
Does the Commission provide any funding to producers of genetically modified grapes to produce wine?
Does the Commission plan to introduce labelling to indicate whether a wine is GM produced or not?

E-5351/10EN Answer given by Mr CioloĊŸ on behalf of the Commission

The EU legislation does not provide any funding to producers of genetically modified (GM) grapes for commercial purposes. Neither does it provide for any aid to farmers on the grounds that they cultivate GM counterparts of conventional varieties.

There are no GM grapes authorized for any commercial use, including cultivation, in the EU. Products consisting of, or containing, genetically modified organisms (GMOs) as well as food and feed produced from GMOs that are placed on the EU market must be labelled as GM in accordance with the labelling requirements provided by Regulations (EC) 1829/2003[1] for GM food and feed and 1830/2003[2] concerning traceability and labelling of these products.

[1] OJ L 286 18.10.2003

[1] OJ L 286 18.10.2003