Tuesday, 30 November 2004

The European Food Safety Authority

The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) believes that it fully fulfills its role of providing independent, authoritative advice on issues related to genetically modified organisms (GMOs).
EFSA is not influenced by commercial or any other interests in this area. EFSA operates precisely in line with the arrangements laid down in its founding Regulation 178/2002* adopted by the Council and the European Parliament. EFSA has also gone further than Regulation 178/2002 in the requirements that it lays down for the declaration of interests of scientific experts, stakeholder consultation and transparency. It follows from this that EFSA does not believe that the report of Friends of the Earth Europe** calls into question the legitimacy of its opinions.