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Genetic Technology Bill

The Westminster Government is pushing through a Genetic Technology Bill that could impose untested – and unlabelled – GMOs on the entire UK food chain. The bill only applies directly to England but that won’t stop it having an impact in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland.

If it passes, the bill will:

Image demonstrating the risks of manipulating DNAInvent a new class of GMOs that “could have resulted from traditional processes or natural transformation”.

This approach makes no scientific sense and was roundly rejected in the Government’s own consultation.

Graphic illustrating threats to GM safeguardsDismantle the safety net of independent risk assessments.

All forms of genetic engineering can go wrong – whatever they are called. The developers should not be left to check their own homework.

shoppers in blindfolds so depict unlabelled GMOs taking away our right to choose

Remove everyone’s right to choose.

Food containing genetically engineered organisms that have been re-classified as “precision bred” will not be labelled and no measures will be put in place to prevent contamination across the food chain.

Happy pigAllow the creation of GM animals.

Compassion in World Farming (CIWF) have called the bill a significant threat for farmed animals and have an information and action page on their website.


The Genetic Technology Bill was passed by MPs on Monday 31 October without any amendments. The bill is now going through the House of Lords.

The Second Reading of the bill in Lords took place on Monday 21 November. This was the first time that peers had debated the bill (first reading is just a formal introduction to the bill) and concerns were raised about labelling, traceability and more. You can watch BBC Parliament’s coverage of the Lords Second Reading on BBC iPlayer, or read a line by line record on TheyWorkforYou’s website.

We shared a briefing with peers in advance of the debate and hope to work with those who share our concerns to draft and support useful amendments.

Passage of the bill so far