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TITLE:  Animal feed containing illegal GM maize compound
SOURCE: The Irish Times
AUTHOR: Sean McConnell
URL:    http://www.ireland.com/newspaper/ireland/2007/0521/1179498486896.html
DATE:   21.05.2007
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Animal feed containing illegal GM maize compound

The Department of Agriculture has impounded 7,000 tonnes of US animal
feed at Dublin Port, which has been found to contain illegal GM maize,
Herculex Rw.

It is also seeking to recover the remainder of the cargo, which was
sampled by Greenpeace in Rotterdam and found to contain GM material not
authorised in the EU, although legal in the US.

The Irish portion of the cargo - 6,000 tonnes of corn gluten feed and
6,200 tonnes of distillers' dried grain - was discharged at Dublin Port
on April 2nd from the MV Pakrac, which sailed from New Orleans. The ship
then went on to Rotterdam, where it discharged the remainder of the
animal feed cargo.

The cargo of animal feed unloaded here was certified as not containing
GM Herculex Rw maize product, according to the department's statement
yesterday.

"However, information was received on May 7th from the Dutch authorities
that offical samples taken by them had tested positive," it said.

"The department immediately arranged for samples to be taken from the
animal feed offloaded at Dublin Port and sent to the State laboratory
for analysis. The laboratory informed the department of May 15th that
the samples submitted had tested positive for Herculex Rw," it said.

"When the department received the information on positive results from
the Dutch authorities, they immediately put in place a restriction order
on the 7,000 tonnes that still remained in portal stores," it added. "In
the meantime, steps have been taken to take out of circulation material
that had left the portal stores.

"While some of the material has already been incorporated into the
animal feed chain, it is unlikely, based on the European Food Safety
Authority evaluation, to have any adverse effects on human or animal
health or the environment," it added.

"In accordance with requirements under EU legislation, the department
will ensure that none of the material currently under restriction will
enter the food chain," it said.

The issues of misleading certification is to be taken up at EU level by
Ireland and the Netherlands and the US authorities will be asked to
explain what happened.

Greenpeace International and the GM Free Ireland Network, which exposed
the importation, had called for a ban on maize imports into the EU
because of the breach of regulations.


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                                 PART II
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TITLE:  Statement on unauthorized GM event in maize
SOURCE: The Department of Agriculture & Food, Ireland
AUTHOR: Press Release
URL:    http://www.agriculture.gov.ie/index.jsp?file=pressrel/2007/97-2007.xml
DATE:   18.05.2007
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Statement on unauthorized GM event in maize

The Department of Agriculture and Food today stated that GM maize
Herculex Rw, which is not authorized in the EU, has been detected in
samples taken from animal feed imported from the United States.

This GM Herculex Rw maize variety is authorised in a number of countries
including the US and an application for its approval in the EU has been
made. The European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) has evaluated the
application as part of the EU authorisation process and has recently
given a favourable opinion. EFSA concluded that it is unlikely that the
placing on the market of products containing, consisting of, or produced
from GM maize Herculex Rw will have adverse effects on human or animal
health or the environment. The Food Safety Authority of Ireland (FSAI)
have been consulted and they agree with EFSA's evaluation. The
application for approval will be considered on 8 June at EU Standing
Committee Meeting in Brussels.

The animal feed in question (6,000 tonnes Corn Gluten Feed and 6,200
tonnes Distillers Dried Grain) was discharged at Dublin port from a ship
(MV Pakrac) which went on to Rotterdam where it discharged the remainder
of the animal feed cargo. The cargo of animal feed was certified as not
containing GM Herculex Rw maize product. However, information was
received on 7 May from the Dutch authorities that official samples taken
by them had tested positive. The Department immediately arranged for
samples to be taken from the animal feed off-loaded at Dublin Port and
sent to the State Laboratory for analysis. The State Laboratory informed
the Department on 15 May that the samples submitted had tested positive
for Herculex Rw.

When the Department received the information on positive results from
the Dutch authorities they immediately put in place a restriction order
on the 7,000 tonnes that still remained in portal stores. In the
meantime, steps have been taken to take out of circulation material that
had left the portal stores. While some of the material has already been
incorporated into the animal feed chain, it is unlikely, based on the
EFSA evaluation, to have any adverse effects on human or animal health
or the environment. In accordance with requirements under EU legislation
the Department will ensure that none of the material currently under
restriction will enter the feed chain.

The Department has been and will remain in constant contact with the EU
Commission and the Food Safety Authority of Ireland on this issue.


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