GMOs, novel foods, cloned foods, feed safety, transmissible spongiform encephalopathy, Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed (RASFF), food additives, food contact materials, food quality, food labeling, nutrition claims, health claims

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In June 2009, citizens of the European Union elected a new European Parliament. Some Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) were reelected while some were not. The majority party is the EPP, the Group of the European People's Party, and the Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists & Democrats has the second majority of the seats. The elections were still governed by the Treaty of Nice, since up until very recently, the future of the Treaty of Lisbon was still uncertain. The Treaty of Lisbon was up until now rejected by a few Member States, who, by their reluctance to sign, prevented it from taking effect throughout the entire union. At the end of October 2009, the Czech Republic signed the Treaty, which makes ratification increasingly probable.