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More delays on EU thresholds for GM feed imports

EU member states have delayed a vote on European Commission proposals to set thresholds for low levels of unauthorised genetically modified material in feed imports. At the EU Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health meeting this month, calls for further discussions were made by enough delegations to form a blocking minority, reports Agrow’s sister publication, Agra Europe. Instead of the current zero tolerance policy, the Commission is proposing a 0.1% threshold for the accidental presence of GM material in feed, providing the GMO is approved in the country of origin and already going through the EU registration process ( Agrow No 609, p 7). Meanwhile, European farmers’ groups Copa-Cogeca have warned that if member states do not reach an agreement on the issue, EU livestock farmers’ input costs will soar.

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