Press Conference: Co-Extra International Conference

Results of the European Co-Extra research project

GM and non-GM supply chains: Their Co-Existence and Traceability

Co-Extra will present the final results of four years of scientific research on the management of GMO and non-GMO production and their derivates from farm to fork.

The EU is giving to both farmers and consumer freedom of choice between 'genetically modified' (GM) and non-GM products. For this to be a real choice, however, there must be co-existence of the GM and non-GM agri-foodstuff chains. This is the challenge researchers on the Co-Extra project were seeking to meet. Its main aim was to develop cost-effective and reliable approaches to supply chain separation and the development of enhanced traceability tools, e.g.:

• Co-existence at the  farm level: managing gene flow including agricultural and biological containment techniques to minimise admixture of GM and non-GM products
• Enhanced tools for traceability: sampling strategies, new detection methods, identification and quantification of GM ingredients in crops, food and feed supply chains (including detection of unapproved GMOs)
• Identification of critical points of potential admixture in the supply chains and how to manage GM and non-GM product lines
• Economic (cost/benefit) aspects of co-existence and traceability in the food and feed supply chains
• Liability and redress issues associated with managing crop production and supply chains
• Supporting technologies for effective supply chain management, including a software-based decision support system (DSS)
• Stakeholder views on co-existence

Registrations for the Press Conference are open:

A welcome cocktail will be held following the Press Conference at the Mairie du 5e arrondissement (15 min. walk from AgroParisTech) on June 2 at 19:00.

Press contact:
Sylvie Colleu
Phone: +33 (0)1 42 75 95 55 or +33 (0)6 77 02 15 51 

Conference Programme:

Notes to editors:

Co-Extra is a European Commission research project in the 6th Framework Programme priority 5 – Food Safety and Quality ( The project is conducted by more than 200 scientists in 51 organisations in 18 countries (European countries, Brazil, Argentina and Russia). The programme runs from 2005 until 2009 and has a total budget of €22 million (€13 million from EC). Co-Extra’s conclusions contribute to the progress of standardisation in Europe - thereby preserving farmer’s and consumers’ freedom of choice between GM and non-GM products.