This letter follows a decision made by the European Court of Justice in July to extend the ban on genetic modification to include gene editing.
A Defra spokesperson said:
The Government has always been clear that we take a science-based approach to GM regulation and our priority is safeguarding health and the environment. Our view remains that gene-edited organisms should not be subject to GM regulation if the changes to their DNA could have occurred naturally or through traditional breeding methods.
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