Anuga 2021: Retailers oppose genetic engineering deregulation plans

- Other major European retailers have joined a joint resolution against the EU Commission's deregulation plans, under which many new GM products would no longer be recognizable as GM in the future. The future German government has a crucial role to play in defending the interests of consumers and the "Ohne Gentechnik" [Non-GMO] and organic industries in Brussels.

VLOG Managing Director Alexander Hissting with Tegut Head Thomas Gutberlet at Anuga 2021

VLOG Managing Director Alexander Hissting with Tegut Head Thomas Gutberlet at Anuga 2021.

At the end of September 2021, the EU Commission further specified its genetic engineering deregulation plans already presented in April. For a large part of the products of new genetic engineering, the Commission wants to abolish risk assessment and labeling as GM. A broad alliance of European food trading companies from Aldi, Lidl and Penny to Rewe and tegut to Alnatura, Globus and Denn's Biomarkt and many others is opposing this.

ENGA: Strong signal of the companies against genetic engineering deregulation

"The resolution, which is now even more broadly supported, is a strong signal against genetic engineering deregulation. The companies know what their customers want and speak on their behalf. The EU Commission must take this weighty voice from the business and consumer perspective seriously. If deregulation goes through, transparency and freedom of choice will be seriously jeopardized," says Heike Moldenhauer, Secretary General of the European Non-GMO Industry Association (ENGA), which organized the "Retailers' Resolution against Deregulating new GMOs".

VLOG: Signal from industry also to coalition exploratory teams and future German government

"Food quality seals such as 'Ohne GenTechnik' are fully in vogue, as the current Anuga shows once again. In the future, too, it must be clearly recognizable where genetic engineering is in and where it is not. I am pleased that the retail companies are representing this so clearly and unitedly," says Alexander Hissting, managing director of the Association Food without Genetic Engineering (VLOG) at the Anuga food trade fair in Cologne, Germany. "The resolution is also a signal to the exploratory teams and the future German government to stop the Brussels genetic engineering deregulation plans. And clearly also in the interest of a strong economic sector and all consumers."

Individuals, institutions, associations and companies can still comment online on the EU Commission's plans until October 22. Through a whole range of NGOs, there is a simplified way to participate without registering.

Retailers’ Resolution: European Retailers Take a Strong Stand Against Deregulating New GMOs (as of 11 October 2021)

Legislation on plants derived from certain new genomic techniques (EU-Kommission) (German)

EU asks citizens: new rules for new genetic engineering? (Informationsdienst Gentechnik, with listing of NGOs through which simplified participation in the EU consultation is possible) (German)

Europe's Food Retail Sector calls for clear regulation of New GMOs

New GMOs: EU Commission must make significant improvements

VLOG will be present at ANUGA until October 13, 2021, both on-site and in the new digital format "ANUGA@home". The VLOG stand is part of the BVLH Retail Forum and can be found on the Cologne exhibition grounds in the Boulevard, stand number 045. Info on all trade fair formats is available on the Anuga website. We look forward to your visit on site or online!