Genetically modified organism (GMO) means an organism, in which the natural genetic code has been manipulated in order to achieve novel desirable properties e.g. herbicide resistance in certain crops.


The use of GMO derived materials in feed and food need special approval. The legal concept is defined in Article 2 of Regulation 1829/2003 of the European Parliament and of the Council on genetically modified food and feed.


European regulation makes it mandatory at all stages of the production and marketing of a foodstuff to be able to tell if it contains any GMO derived ingredient. It is crucial to ensure full traceability for each compound and provide correct labelling of all GMO through the complete production chain. But also any potential risk for a cross-contamination of GMO-free declared material by any GMO needs to be analytically approved by regular random testing.


YOUR PLUS: With the accreditation of the AGROLAB Ibérica laboratory under the Accreditation Programme: "Tests for the control of organic production", GMO part (according to NT-70.09), the laboratory can analyse products in an accredited way to know if they are genetically modified food or feed.


The advantage of this is that the client can act accordingly. You may download the updated accreditation scope by clicking the following link:






Autore: Roberto Ezquerro, Itziar Miguel