The European Union has applied a zero-tolerance policy to unapproved genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in feed imports until now. This meant not even traces of them were allowed in feed, reports the German Organic Producers and Traders Association (BNN). The new EU Regulation 619/2011 passed at the end of June allows feed imports to contain up to 0.1 % of unapproved genetically modified organisms in future.
The EU Commission regards this value as the “technical recording limit”, below which no reliable test results are available.
A requirement for the new arrangement is that the unapproved GMO in the EU is firstly already approved in a country outside the EU, and secondly has been undergoing an approval process in the EU for more than three months. Particularly feed from South America and the USA contain more and more GMOs that are not approved in the EU. Unapproved GMOs are still not allowed in food, however, not even in traces.