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TITLE:   COCERAL WARNS MEMBER STATES ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DELAY FOR THE ADOPTION OF A ?WORKABLE? LPP TECHNICAL SOLUTION

SOURCE:  Comité du Commerce des céréales, aliments du bétail, oléagineux, huile d'olive, huiles et graisses (COCERAL)

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://db.zs-intern.de/uploads/1297852520-COCERAL warns Member States on the consequences of the delay for the adoption of a workable LLP technical solution.pdf

DATE:    14.02.2011

SUMMARY: "The Commission and Members States did not reach a consensus on the proposal for a technical solution for the low level presence of GM events not yet authorized in Europe at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health meeting on 8 and 9 February. This leaves the European grains and feedingstuffs importers exposed to high risks and serious legal uncertainty."

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COCERAL WARNS MEMBER STATES ON THE CONSEQUENCES OF THE DELAY FOR THE ADOPTION OF A ?WORKABLE? LPP TECHNICAL SOLUTION

The Commission and Members States did not reach a consensus on the proposal for a technical solution for the low level presence of GM events not yet authorized in Europe at the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health meeting on 8 and 9 February. This leaves the European grains and feedingstuffs importers exposed to high risks and serious legal uncertainty.

COCERAL acknowledges the results of almost five years of discussion on the impacts of the GMOs zero-tolerance policy along the food and feed supply chain. However: ?The delay in adopting and publishing a ?workable? technical solution is seriously endangering trade operations and could seriously impact all the EU farm, processing, food and feed industry sectors? said Ms. Teresa Babuscio, Secretary General of COCERAL.

COCERAL Members are carefully considering the concerns recently voiced by the European farmers, food and feed processors: further delay in finding a workable solution for traces of GMOs not yet authorized in Europe will leave trading operators facing with a dilemma on whether or not take the risk of importing and supplying the almost 80% of vegetable proteins, beans and meals, needed and demanded by the European farmers, crushers, food and feed processors.

COCERAL is the voice representing the European cereals, rice, feedstuffs, oilseeds, olive oil, oils and fats and agrosupply trade. The members of COCERAL are the national trade organizations of most of the EU-27 Member States, who for their part represent collectors, distributors, exporters, importers and agribulk stores of the above mentioned commodities.



                                  PART 2

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TITLE:   FEFAC CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO URGENTLY ADOPT THE ?TECHNICAL SOLUTION? FOR IMPORTS OF FEED CONTAINING TRACES OF GM EVENTS NOT YET APPROVED IN THE EU

SOURCE:  European Compound Feed Manufacturers? Federation, Belgium (FEFAC)

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://db.zs-intern.de/uploads/1297853000-11_cp_5_e.pdf

DATE:    08.02.2011

SUMMARY: "FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne highlighted that, ?the EU cannot afford to wait any longer after almost 5 years of discussion on the impact of the EU 0-tolerance policy on traces of GMOs not yet approved in the EU in feed materials imported from third countries?. [...] They shared with the authorities independent economic impact assessments pointing to a ?bill? of almost 4 bio. ? to partners in the feed chain, livestock industry and EU consumers. The cost tag could rise even higher in the coming months should the EU not be able to import anymore soybean meal from South America."

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FEFAC CALLS ON MEMBER STATES TO URGENTLY ADOPT THE ?TECHNICAL SOLUTION? FOR IMPORTS OF FEED CONTAINING TRACES OF GM EVENTS NOT YET APPROVED IN THE EU

Calling on Member States to take their responsibility at the upcoming EU vote on the ?technical solution? proposal programmed on 8 April 2011, FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne highlighted that, ?the EU cannot afford to wait any longer after almost 5 years of discussion on the impact of the EU 0-tolerance policy on traces of GMOs not yet approved in the EU in feed materials imported from third countries?.

?The EU livestock sector, in particular the pig farmers, is currently facing the most severe crisis for decades. At a time when livestock farmers are struggling with high feed costs due to record world price levels for cereals, we risk losing market access to the South American spring soybean crop with dramatic consequences for the supply of protein-rich feedstuffs due to the present EU 0-tolerance policy?.

?No one can deny that the economic and social risk for the EU livestock chain and the EU consumer is real and will further increase as the number of GM events authorised worldwide but not yet authorised in the UE increases every month. It?s time for the EU to catch up with the reality of global expansion of GM crop acreage to ensure feed and food security of EU livestock farmers and consumers by adopting the ?technical solution? as a first step in the right direction?1.

Background

On 8 February 2011, EU Member States will be invited by the EU Commission to adopt technical measures aiming at avoiding future trade disruptions on imports from third countries of feed materials containing traces of GM events not yet approved in the EU2. The EU livestock sector could face a meltdown in the coming months if the EU should not be able to import enough protein-rich feedstuffs.

The EU Commission proposal foresees a.o. a technical threshold of 0.1% for GM events not yet approved in the EU but for which a dossier for authorisation and a method of analysis have been introduced at EFSA level.

FEFAC and other EU feed and food chain organisations have continually warned the EU and national authorities of the consequences of this 0-tolerance policy on EU economic operators and consumers. They shared with the authorities independent economic impact assessments pointing to a ?bill? of almost 4 bio. ? to partners in the feed chain, livestock industry and EU consumers. The cost tag could rise even higher in the coming months should the EU not be able to import anymore soybean meal from South America.

Note for editors

1. FEFAC, the European Compound Feed Manufacturers? Federation, represents 21 national Associations in 20 EU Member States as well as Associations in Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, Croatia, Serbia and Russia with observer/associate member status. The European compound feed industry employs over 110,000 persons on app. 4,500 production sites often in rural areas, which offer few employment opportunities.

2. Farm animals in the EU-27 consume an estimated 465 million tonnes of feed a year, of which about 30% are produced by the compound feed manufacturers. Turnover of the European compound feed industry in 2010 is estimated at ? 45 billion.

3. For more information see our web site (www.fefac.eu) or please contact Alexander Döring, Secretary General Tel. +32-2-285.00.50, Fax +32-2-230.57.22, e-mail: fefac@fefac.eu.

1 Reference to JRC

2 Meeting of the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health ? Section GM food and feed ? 8/9 February 2011



                                  PART 3

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TITLE:   EU PIG MARKET CRISIS: FEFAC PRESIDENT CALLS ON EU FARM COUNCIL TO TAKE URGENT MEASURES TO PREVENT MARKET COLLAPS

SOURCE:  European Compound Feed Manufacturers? Federation, Belgium (FEFAC)

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://db.zs-intern.de/uploads/1297852705-11_cp_4_e.pdf

DATE:    21.01.2011

SUMMARY: "FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne called on the EU Farm Council Presidency to take urgent measures at the upcoming Farm Council meeting on 24 January 2011 to prevent the collapse of the EU pig market. [...] A key reason for this situation lays in particular in the rising cost for feed grains, which have recently reached the levels of 2007/2008, resulting from global demand outpacing supplies of feed grains. The current market crisis has been further exacerbated by the knock-on effects of the dioxin incident in Germany"

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EU PIG MARKET CRISIS: FEFAC PRESIDENT CALLS ON EU FARM COUNCIL TO TAKE URGENT MEASURES TO PREVENT MARKET COLLAPS

FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne called on the EU Farm Council Presidency to take urgent measures at the upcoming Farm Council meeting on 24 January 2011 to prevent the collapse of the EU pig market.

He stated that ?the current market situation of the EU livestock sector is extremely worrying. In particular the EU pig sector is facing a near market collapse. A key reason for this situation lays in particular in the rising cost for feed grains, which have recently reached the levels of 2007/2008, resulting from global demand outpacing supplies of feed grains. The current market crisis has been further exacerbated by the knock-on effects of the dioxin incident in Germany leading to a drastic fall in domestic consumption and temporary closure of some important export markets for German pigmeat. In the meantime, however, market experts anticipate that the present tension on the EU and global cereals markets may grow further before the end of the marketing year due to rising global competition for scarce feed grain supplies?.

FEFAC therefore urged the EU Farm Council to ease the market access to the supply of competitive feed grains on the EU market by suspending the import duties for all cereals as in 2007, in the light of the exceptional market situation.

FEFAC also fully supports the request of COPA-COGECA to open the private storage mechanism for pigmeat in order to facilitate the short-term stabilisation of the EU pig market.

Note for editors

1. FEFAC, the European Compound Feed Manufacturers? Federation, represents 21 national Associations in 20 EU Member States as well as Associations in Switzerland, Turkey, Norway, Croatia, Serbia and Russia with observer/associate member status. The European compound feed industry employs over 110,000 persons on app. 4,500 production sites often in rural areas, which offer few employment opportunities.

2. Farm animals in the EU-27 consume an estimated 465 million tonnes of feed a year, of which about 30% are produced by the compound feed manufacturers. Turnover of the European compound feed industry in 2010 is estimated at ? 45 billion.

3. For more information see our web site (www.fefac.eu) or please contact Alexander Döring, Secretary General Tel. +32-2-285.00.50, Fax +32-2-230.57.22, e-mail: fefac@fefac.eu.