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EU takes Poland to court over GM feed ban

The European Commission has asked the European Court of Justice (ECJ) to take action against Poland over its ban on the production, sale and use of feed derived from genetically modified crops. The action concerns a Polish law adopted in July 2006 that prohibited the use of GM feed, including that originating from other countries. The law was originally due to come into force on August 12th 2008, but is now scheduled for January 1st 2013. The Commission argues that such a general ban infringes the EU GM food and feed Regulation (1829/2003), which establishes the EU-level assessment and approval procedure. The Regulation has provisions for restricting or banning GM products, but Poland did not follow these procedures, the Commission says. Similar action by Poland to restrict the marketing of GM seed was ruled illegal by the ECJ in 2009 ( Agrow No 573, p 11).

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