The European Union (EU) Member States recently approved of a proposal that will allow the import into the EU of animal feed that contains trace elements of genetically modified (GM) material. Although this is a good first step, the Government of Canada will continue to push for a solution that respects sound science and includes access for Canadian crops for uses in food, it said in a release.
“This is a positive step forward for Canadian producers, but access for feed and industrial use is not enough for our crop producers,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “We will continue to push for a solution that respects sound science and reduces the trade barriers to our safe, high quality Canadian crops.”
On February 22, the EU Member States approved a new rule that, if adopted by the European Commission, will remove an important barrier to imports of animal feed through the effective acceptance of trace elements of GM material, of up to 0.1 per cent.
The government said it considers that decisions on biotechnology must be founded on sound science.