Excessive regulation, trade wars may give rise to black market for biotech crops, experts say

trade war
Image Credit: Gapping World

The rise in global trade wars and the recent EU decision to classify new plant breeding techniques (NPBTs) as genetically modified organisms will inevitably impact food safety and quality, experts warn.

According to EU report published [in September], EU customs authorities seized over 31 million fake goods with a street value of €580 million in 2017, and food accounted for almost one quarter (24%) of these.

With the rise of trade wars …. between China and the US, and tensions between other countries, we think it will have an impact on food. It’s a global market and most food is imported from other countries. These [political developments] will foster a grey market and lead to food fraud and food smuggling.


An increase in counterfeit and contraband products in the supply chain could directly impact the work of purchasers and quality control managers …. as they will be at risk of buying illegal ingredients.

Related article:  AquaBounty identifies Kentucky location as possible site for 10,000 metric ton GMO salmon farm

Another ‘hot topic’ on quality control managers’ radar is the recent European Court of Justice July decision that ruled New Plant Breeding Techniques (NPBTs) are considered genetically modified organisms, a stance that put it at odds with other international regulatory bodies, such as the US Ministry of Agriculture.

“[The ruling] means that these products are forbidden in the EU unless specifically authorized and none are authorized yet.”

Read full, original article: Trade wars and NPBTs are the new frontiers of food fraud & quality control, experts warn

Outbreak Daily Digest
Biotech Facts & Fallacies
GLP Podcasts
Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

Infographic: Deaths from COVID-19 are far higher than reported estimates

More than 2.8 million people have lost their lives due to the pandemic, according to a Wall Street Journal analysis ...
News on human & agricultural genetics and biotechnology delivered to your inbox.
glp menu logo outlined

Newsletter Subscription

Optional. Mail on special occasions.
Send this to a friend