Biotech Updates

Agri Committee Urges Commission to Rethink Zero Tolerance on GM in Feed Imports

February 18, 2011

The European Parliament's agriculture committee called the attention of the European Commission to reevaluate its zero tolerance policy on unapproved GM material in imported feed. The committee requested the Commission to consider introducing thresholds that ensure continuous supply of soy for the European Union (EU) market. These demands are part of a non-legislative report adopted on January 26, 2011 about Europe's "protein deficit" which refers to EU's dependence on imported products like soy. The Plenary of the European Parliament is anticipated to vote about this on March 7, 2011.

The European Association for Bioindustries (EuropaBio) believes that the zero tolerance policy on GM crops cannot be sustained since Europe's assessment process for GM crops for food and feed has been time-consuming. The European livestock farmers are expected to encounter disruption to their feed supply until more GM products are assessed. Member States are currently discussing technical solutions in dealing with the low level presence of unapproved GM material in imported animal feed.

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