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Nov 16, 2010

Some EU Members Urge for Allowance of Trace GM Crops in Food Imports

On 16 November 2010 Reuters reported that the European Commission was considering the recommendations by several European Union governments that would allow small traces of gene-modified (GM) material in imports of human food and animal feed.

Under consideration was allowing up to 0.1 % of unapproved GM material in imported food and feed crops.  The crop in question must undergo valid EU testing methodologies. 

This discussion follows comments from global grain suppliers that it is extremely demanding and almost impossible to prohibit 0% contamination.  Feed imports are important to the EU and the members bringing up this discussion within the EU commission want to address contamination concerns up front. 

For more see: Dunmore, Charlie. "EU urged to allow trace GM in food imports," Reuters, 16 November 2010.

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