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Regulation (EC) No. 1830/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the traceability and labelling of genetically modified organisms and the traceability of food and feed products produced from genetically modified organisms and amending Directive 2001/18/EC

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The present Regulation lays down a framework for the traceability of products consisting of or containing genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and food and feed produced from GMOs, with a view to facilitating accurate labelling, monitoring the effects on the environment and human health and at the same time providing for the implementation of the appropriate risk management measures inlcuding, if necessary, withdrawal of products. At the first stage of the placing on the market of the aforementioned products, operators shall ensure that the following information is transmitted in writing to the operator receiving the product: (a) that they contain or consist of GMOs; (b) the unique identifier(s) assigned to those GMOs in accordance with article 8. Part B of article 4 regards labelling. Further, article 5 defines the traceability system to be applied to food and feed produced from GMOs. Article 9 deals with inspection and control measures.
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The Regulation shall enter into force on 17 November 2003. However, articles 1 to 7 as well as article 9 (1) shall apply with effect from 18 January 2004.
An unofficial consolidated version of this Regulation as amended last by Regulation (EC) No 1137/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council of 22 October 2008 is attached.
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Official Journal L 268, 18 October 2003, pp. 24-28
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