Strict EU feed limits "could kill GM-free food"

Food chain consultancy warns high producer costs may lead to lack of unmodified animal feeds

If the EU imposes strict segregation and purity requirements on suppliers of animal feed to sift out genetically modified ingredients this could force non-GM production costs so high as to eliminate the option from the market, it was claimed today. The prediction comes as ministers prepare to finalise EU legislation on the traceability and labelling of GM foods and feeds (EED 03/07/02).

At a conference in Brussels food and feed chain management consultants Arcadia said current proposals for a 1% tolerance threshold for modified material in non-GM soya bean animal feed would increase final consumer meat prices by only 1.5%. But the cost of segregating non-GM feed at earlier stages to achieve this would be much greater: around 7% higher at the farm stage and up to 13% higher at the bean crushing stage.

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