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No change needed in GMO co-existence for EU honey

The European Union’s existing guidance on the co-existence of genetically modified maize (corn) with conventional and organic crops does not need to be revised to allow for honey production, according to the European Coexistence Bureau (ECoB). The bureau has issued a new best practice document on the co-existence of GM maize and honey production, updating its original guidelines on maize co-existence issued in 2010. The bureau’s latest analysis found that no adjustments are necessary to ensure that the adventitious presence of GM corn pollen in honey is “far below” legal labeling thresholds, Agrow reports. The ECoB looked at data on pollen in general and the factors determining its presence in honey and its eventual level in commercial honey. Its analysis indicated that that the total amount of pollen in honey ranges from 0.003% to 0.1% in weight. It points out that the share of pollen from maize plants would be much lower. However, there is currently no routine method for measuring the specific amount of maize pollen, it cautions.

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