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The European Union values its rich culinary heritage and promotes consumer awareness of food quality issues. To that end, Community legislation protects organic farming and quality products and requires that consumers be informed of the presence of any genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in foodstuffs. Not only have specific parameters been established to classify organic and quality foodstuffs, but also quality logos provide consumers with the guarantee that those parameters have been complied with. The marketing of GMOs intended either for human consumption or for animal feed is regulated at all stages and their presence is indicated on product labelling. Measures have also been taken to provide a legal framework to control the spread and cross-border movement of GMOs.

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