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NANOMATERIALS: EP OBJECTS TO NEW LABELLING RULES.

Using its right of scrutiny under the delegated acts procedure, the European Parliament partly rejected, on 12 March, with 402 votes in favour, 258 against and 14 abstentions, the European Commission's proposal for a new definition of engineered nanomaterials. Consequently, the Commission must come up with a new proposal. MEPs did not support, however, all the three grounds for objection that were put forward in a cross-party resolution drafted by Christa Klass (EPP, Germany), Asa Westlund (S&D, Sweden), Frederique Ries (ALDE, Belgium), Carl Schlyter (Greens-EFA, Sweden) and Kartika Tamara Liotard (GUE-NGL, Netherlands). MEPs rejected the proposed definition for engineered nanomaterials on the grounds that it would grant a blanket exemption from food-labelling requirements for nano-additives already on the market before 2011. The other two grounds (relating to the number of particles that should be at the nano size for an ingredient to qualify as nano and to the concept of intentionally manufactured') were not supported by a sufficient number of MEPs.

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