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Scottish Government GM Policy Team
Saughton House
Broomhouse Drive
Edinburgh
EH11 3XD
 
0300 244 9503
 
Scottish Government GM Inspectorate
SASA
Roddinglaw Road
Edinburgh
EH12 9FJ
 
0131 244 8853

GM Notices

INFORMATION NOTICE – 28 October 2015:

RECALL OF UNAUTHORISED GM SEED

Defra’s GM Inspectorate (GMI) has confirmed an unintended presence of genetically modified seed in a batch of conventional oilseed rape seed imported from France.

The seed has been sown in small plots at several sites in England and Scotland, mostly as part of conventional trials for official registration of new plant varieties.

The GMI Defra was informed by a seed company after a suspect test result on a batch of imported seed. The company responsible is cooperating to ensure destruction of all the affected plants, with the Science and Advice for Scottish Agriculture (SASA) GM Inspectorate overseeing this activity in Scotland. Seed from the same batch that has not been planted is being recalled.

There is no risk to adjacent crops or the wider environment as plants that have grown from the affected seed would not flower until next spring. 

 

INFORMATION NOTICE ON GM TROPICAL FISH - 25 November 2014

Scotland’s GM Inspectorate has taken action to stop the sale of GM tropical fish from a pet shop in Central Scotland.

Background: Scotland’s GM Inspectorate

Following notification by a member of the public, Scotland’s GM Inspectorate visited a pet shop in Central Scotland, where suspected GM tropical fish (Red Danio) were on sale to the public. It is not uncommon for this type of fish, which glow in the dark, to be genetically modified.  While it is not an offence to import or keep GM fish in the UK, it is an offence to sell any GM animal or plant in the UK or EU unless it has been approved for commercial release by the EU.

The Scottish Government GM Inspectorate, with the co-operation of the pet shop owner, removed samples of the fish for testing. The test results proved positive for both the red fluorescent transgene and the green fluorescent transgene which indicated that the fish were genetically modified.

The fish have been removed from general sale and distribution and the GM Inspectors issued a notice advising customers, who may have bought or been supplied with the suspect fish, to contact the GM Inspectorate for advice.

As required by EU legislation, Member States must notify the European Commission of any breach of GM rules.  Scottish Government has notified Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who will notify the European Commission of this breach on behalf of the UK Member State.

Footnote

The GM fish were bred by the owner from fish believed to have originally been imported from outside the UK.  GM fish do not usually live very long and, because these are tropical fish, they would be unable to survive in the open environment.  Therefore, we do not believe that there is a risk to the Scottish environment if they were to be released either accidentally or intentionally.

 

INFORMATION NOTICE ON GM TROPICAL FISH - 10 February 2014

Scotland’s GM Inspectorate recently took action to stop the sale of genetically modified (GM) tropical fish on the internet by a seller based in Glasgow.

Background

UK monitoring recently identified a possible breach of European Union (EU) GM rules when it found red Danio or Zebra fish (a type of tropical fish) were being sold online by a seller in Glasgow.  It is not uncommon for this type of fish, which glow in the dark, to be genetically modified.  While it is not an offence to import or keep GM fish in the UK, it is an offence to sell any GM animal or plant in the UK or EU unless it has been approved for commercial release by the EU.

The Scottish Government’s GM Inspectorate contacted the seller immediately and obtained samples of the fish for testing purposes.  The test results showed that the fish were genetically modified, testing positive for both red and green fluorescence genes.  The fish have been removed from sale.

Member states are required by the EU GM Regulations to notify the European Commission of any breach of the GM rules.  The Scottish Government has notified Defra (Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs) who will notify the European Commission of this breach on behalf of the UK member state.

Footnote: The GM fish were originally imported from outside the UK.  GM fish do not usually live very long and, because these are tropical fish, they would be unable to survive in the open environment.  Therefore, we do not believe that there is a risk to the Scottish environment if they were to be released either accidentally or intentionally.