Site Monitoring

The Scottish Government GM Inspectorate directly monitored, or oversaw monitoring of, three sites where inadvertent sowings of GM crop seed took place in September 2008. Monitoring was continued until the autumn of 2011 with no further presence detected.

Although all Scottish consents for GM crop research trials have expired, landowners of former GM research trial sites, particularly those for oilseed rape, still have an obligation to ensure the produce of following conventional crops complies with the traceability and labelling requirements for food and feed products of GMOs (EU Regulation 1830/2003). This is because GM oilseed rape volunteers can persist at levels that may require a following non-GM oilseed rape crop to be labelled as ‘GM’