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EU group calls for zero tolerance of GMOs in seed

The EU must not introduce a threshold allowing the accidental presence of genetically modified material in conventional seed, says a study by the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements’ (IFOAM) EU Group. Instead, a “zero tolerance” approach to seed production and supplies is crucial for cost-efficient GMO-free food production, it concludes. The issue of seed thresholds has been debated in the EU for many years without agreement. However, earlier this year, the new EU Health and Consumers Commissioner John Dalli indicated that EU seed legislation would be reviewed over the next couple of years ( Agrow No 584, p 7).

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