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TITLE:   ?TECHNICAL SOLUTION? IMPROVES LEGAL SECURITY FOR FEED BUSINESS OPERATORS

SOURCE:  European Feed Manufacturers' Federation, Belgium (FEFAC)

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://db.zs-intern.de/uploads/1298478688-11_cp_7_e.pdf

DATE:    22.02.2011

SUMMARY: "FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne welcomed today?s vote of the Standing Committee on the Feed Chain and Food Safety at the level of the EU Commission on the so-called ?technical solution? for traces of not yet approved genetically modified organisms. [...] The logistical burden for the feed sector to respect the new legislation will remain a major challenge for the feed sector which would require, in the medium and long term, a more comprehensive solution in form of a real Low-level presence threshold."

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?TECHNICAL SOLUTION? IMPROVES LEGAL SECURITY FOR FEED BUSINESS OPERATORS

FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne welcomed today?s vote of the Standing Committee on the Feed Chain and Food Safety at the level of the EU Commission on the so-called ?technical solution? for traces of not yet approved genetically modified organisms (GMO). The decision regulates the analyses and sampling procedures to be applied for the evaluation of not quantifiable traces: ?After more than 2 years of discussion, there is now finally an analytical definition of the ?zero? level, which continues to be requested from a political point of view. Test results on GMO traces can now be interpreted more accurately and are reproducible. This measure should safeguard vital supplies of new crop protein feeds from South America to our EU livestock industry?.

FEFAC opposes the view that the ?technical solution? means a weakening of the principle of the so-called zero tolerance for GMO. The decision is first and foremost an important step towards more legal security. ?Until now, the burden of proof of systematic or accidental differences between laboratories or analytical methods as well as mistakes in sampling or sample treatment exclusively rested on the feed chain?. ?At least this situation should change now?, according to the expectation of the FEFAC President. The complete separation of non-approved GM varieties in the supply chain dominated by bulk-handling for feed materials, is practically impossible, even if these varieties are cultivated in very low quantities in the producing countries. The logistical burden for the feed sector to respect the new legislation will remain a major challenge for the feed sector which would require, in the medium and long term, a more comprehensive solution in form of a real Low-level presenc
 e threshold.

Notes to the editor:

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.



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TITLE:   EU ALLOWS UNTESTED GM CROPS INTO THE FOOD CHAIN

SOURCE:  Greenpeace International European Unit, The Netherlands

AUTHOR:  Press Release

URL:     http://www.greenpeace.org/eu-unit/press-centre/press-releases2/untested-gm-crops-in-food-chain-22-02-11

DATE:    22.02.2011

SUMMARY: "A vote by EU member state representatives today has ended Europe?s zero tolerance approach to untested GM crops in animal feed and opened the door to contamination of the food chain, said Greenpeace. Any feed shipment contaminated by unauthorised GM crops was until now refused entry to the European market. But the new rules, adopted today and expected to come into force in early summer 2011, will allow contamination of up to 0.1% by crops that have not undergone safety testing in Europe. "

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EU ALLOWS UNTESTED GM CROPS INTO THE FOOD CHAIN

Zero tolerance approach to GM contamination in animal feed dropped

Brussels, International ? A vote by EU member state representatives today has ended Europe?s zero tolerance approach to untested GM crops in animal feed and opened the door to contamination of the food chain, said Greenpeace.

Any feed shipment contaminated by unauthorised GM crops was until now refused entry to the European market. But the new rules, adopted today and expected to come into force in early summer 2011, will allow contamination of up to 0.1% by crops that have not undergone safety testing in Europe. In an apparent concession to France and other EU countries initially opposing the plan, untested crops pending authorisation in the EU for at least three months will be let through, but with no guarantee that they subsequently will be declared safe.

Europe imports large quantities of animal feed from the United States, Brazil and Argentina, where 80% of the world?s GM crops are grown. European governments have come under pressure from the United States and the animal feed industry to relax its rules to allow more GM crops into the market.

The feed industry claims that the continuation of a zero tolerance approach to contamination would result in shortages in animal feed. But EU figures show that cases of contamination in shipments for the livestock industry are extremely rare. Since mid-September 2009, no shipments of soy ? a major ingredient in animal feed ? were rejected at EU borders because of contamination by untested GM crops. [1]

Greenpeace EU agriculture policy adviser Stefanie Hundsdorfer said: ?If the safety of a GM crop has not been tested in Europe, it should not be allowed. Setting a tolerance threshold, however low, is a sign that Europe is losing control over its own food production to please American exporters. The danger now is that EU countries come under pressure from the pro-GM lobby to also allow GM contamination in food products for direct human consumption.?

Notes to Editor

[1] European Commission Rapid Alert System for Food and Feed http://ec.europa.eu/food/food/rapidalert/rasff_portal_database_en.htm