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Germany to accept admixtures with unapproved GMOs

23.03.2010

Berlin – Germany is changing its policy concerning GMOs. Agriculture state secretary Julia Kloeckner (CDU) announced that the government will establish a tolerance threshold for non-EU-approved GMOs. This is a contingency for the possibility that the European Union will not table an alternative to its current zero tolerance policy, that this year led to withdrawl of 200,000 tons of feed imports into the EU. The move aims to implement practical rules for the handling of feed imports that carry very small quantities of GMOs that are not yet approved by the EU, but have undergone safety assessments according to the appropriate WHO rules. The German seed industry association DRV welcomed the move and proposed to allow GMO admixtures up to 0.5%. The European seed industry last year lobbied for a threshold of 0.9%, while the European Commission said it seeks to implement a so-called technical solution for GMO admixtures that neither needs to be confirmed by the European Parliament nor by the EU ministers, possibly 0.1% non-approved GMO content.

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