Brussels – In September, an open-source method to detect a gene-edited, herbicide-resistant canola developed by US company Cibus, was published in the scientific journal Foods.

Rapeseed (canola) fields in Canada © commons Wikimedia

SU Canola is not authorised for placing on the market in the European Union. Cibus’ subsequent statements that the SU Canola varieties currently on the market in North America are “not gene-edited” have caused some uncertainty about their GMO status, amplified by the European seed industry association’s adoption of that narrative.

This briefing sets out why SU Canola is a regulated GMO under the EU’s GMO laws, and why EU competent authorities must ensure this GMO is not present in EU supply chains.

For more information check out our full briefing


Dirk Zimmermann, Campaigner for sustainable agriculture, Greenpeace, +49 40 30618-339, [email protected]

Florian Faber, Managing Director, ARGE Gentechnik-frei, +43 664 3819502,
[email protected]

Alexander Hissting, Managing Director, Verband Lebensmittel ohne Gentechnik e.V. (VLOG), +49 30 2359 945 10, [email protected]