Where to obtain a free of GMO certificate?

Question posted by Kieran O'Sullivan Mercer, on behalf of UKTI East of England in AL7

I have had an enquiry from a company who have been asked by a customer in Dubai to provide a 'Free of GMO' certificate. Does anybody know which organisation provides or validates this certificate?

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Mike Josypenko, on behalf of The Institute of Export in PE2.

It depends on exactly who is asking for it; whether it is required for letter of credit purposes or not, and also, whether your client is the manufacturer.

In many cases, a certificate produced by the exporter on their letterhead will suffice. It may need to be endorsed by an external agency, such as a local council. If an independent and authoritative certification is needed, the client might need to go to a private testing agency specialising in non GMO work; you might also try the Food and Environment Research Agency (http://www.fera.defra.gov.uk/plants/feesForms/plantHealth.cfm )

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Richard England, on behalf of Consulting for Export in WD3.

Kieran,
You might like to try the European Food Safety Authority. They are the regulators for all EU countries. Take a look at the following link:
http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/applicationshelpdesk/gmoapplicationshelpdesk.htm

If the origin of your client's product is the USA, then you have a problem because the USA do not discriminate between GMO and Non-GMO and have no legal requirements to label their products accordingly.

Hope this helps.

Richard England

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Hello

The safety assessments of GM foods are carried out by the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA), who sometimes consult with the Food Standards Agency in the UK.

Their website gives further details - http://www.efsa.europa.eu/en/topics/topic/gmo.htm
plus the EU regulation document that explains more - http://eur-lex.europa.eu/LexUriServ/LexUriServ.do?uri=OJ:L:2003:268:0001:0023:EN:PDF

Hope this is helpful
Sandra

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