GMOs in 1-2% of Italian maize/soya
Fewer than one in 60 samples of maize and soybeans were found to have traces of genetically modified materials in the most recent official study in Italy, the USDA’s Foreign Agricultural Service (FAS) reports. The Ministry of Agriculture performed analyses on 1,249 samples of maize and 493 samples of soybeans. It found that 1.7% of maize samples and 1.4% of soybeans contained traces of GMOs. The contamination ranged from 0.1-0.3% of the seed, which were sourced from the US, France and Chile. The EU has recently set a 0.1% threshold for the accidental presence of non-EU-approved GM material in feed imports ( Agrow No 619, p 11). Italy has no co-existence regulations and so the planting of GM crops is illegal, the FAS notes. There is strong opposition to the technology from farmers, but public opinion is not opposed as much as the common perception, it adds. The country opposed the EU’s proposed opt-out clause to allow a member state not to recognise the authorisation of a GM crop.