EU Approves Low Level GM In Feed
Written by Kelvin Heppner
Tuesday, 01 March 2011
Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz
European Union Member States have approved a proposal that will allow the import
of animal feed that contains trace elements of genetically modified
"There's a growing concern around the world that there can be
cross-contamination. We all use the same shipping systems and the same
containers. Certainly there's no way of stopping soy dust from being in a canola
shipment, and that type of thing" says Federal Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
"The European Union is starting to recognize that fact. They need product. The
need feedstuffs and they need foodstuffs so they're starting to get their hearts
and minds around the fact this is health safe and the right direction to
The new rule, if adopted by the European Commission, will allow GM
material levels of up to 0.1 percent in animal feed and product destined for
Ritz says this is another step toward achieving low level
tolerances for food.
"They accepted our science on low level presence in
feed and industrial use. That's the first step. They're now beginning to do the
heavy lifting when it comes to foodstuffs. Certainly we look for a positive
outcome there. We need all three of those pillars," he says.
flax growers have already experienced the impact of the EU's current
zero-tolerance policy on GM material. The EU slammed its border shut to Canadian
flax in 2009 after trace amounts of GM material were discovered in a Canadian