TTIP could open EU to ‘new biotech’ GMO seeds and foods – The Ecologist

… former European Commission President Barroso as stating, “restrictions in Europe on genetically modified crops would not be up for discussion” in the negotiations.[1] The TTIP Q&A website set up by the European Commission, in reply to the question “Will TTIP force the EU to change its laws on genetically modified organisms?” says: “No. The EU basic law on GMOs is not up for negotiation. It will not change as a result of TTIP.” [2]The @EU_TTIP_team on …

Countries That Ban GMO Foods

By Morgan Chilson | June 2, 2015 Numerous countries around the world restrict the growing or importing of GMO crops. These international restrictions are always held up as examples pointing to the lack of regulation of genetically modified organisms in the United States. The reality is that many nations in the world are in flux about whether to allow or ban GMOs. While countries may ban the growing of GMO crops, most don’t completely ban imports of GMO foods. And some countries that banned …

Legislature considers banning microbeads: Oregon environment news | OregonLive.com

  Oregon could join the list of states to ban microbeads, a popular exfoliating agent found in face wash and other hygienic products. House Bill 3478 would phase in restrictions on the plastic beads, which often slip past water treatment systems and into the ocean. There, fish mistake them for food, eat them and become contaminated with toxins. Oregon’s ban would not apply to the sale of over-the-counter drugs. Effective immediately, neonicotinoids can no longer be used on Portland …

An apple a day: Recent industry news | Food Dive

… were linked to the listeria outbreak, and at least three out of the seven deaths reported involved listeriosis. As a result, Malaysia and other Asian countries put restrictions in place on U.S. apple imports, including varieties that were not part of the recall. Apple associations lament that this “hysteria” was due in part to no follow-up announcements following the initial outbreak announcement by the FDA. Jim Bair, president and CEO of the U.S. Apple Association, told The Packer, “(We …