Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth urge swift EU action on labelling of GMOs in animal feed
Greenpeace and Friends of the Earth Europe urged the EU to take
measures to guarantee segregation and labelling of genetically
modified organisms (GMOs) in imported animal feed on 29
“The European Commission needs to send a strong
signal to the major genetically engineered (GE) animal feed
exporters, Argentina and the US, that labelling of all GE animal
feed imports into Europe will be mandatory by the latter half of
this year,” said Brigid Gavin of the Greenpeace EU-Unit.
The EU does not regulate the labelling of
genetically engineered animal feed or meat and dairy products
derived from animals fed on it. A draft ‘Novel Feed Regulation’
requiring labelling of GE feed will be proposed by the EU
Commission in the coming months, but its approval and enforcement
is expected to take two more years.
“We demand the labelling now and we are not
prepared to wait another three years for the new legislation on
novel feed,” said Gill Lacroix, biotechnology coordinator of the
Friends of the Earth.