FEFAC welcomes EU decision on GMO traces

Technical solution improves legal security for feed business operators, said FEFAC president
February 22, 2011

FEFAC welcomes EU decision on GMO traces

FEFAC President Patrick Vanden Avenne welcomed today’s vote of the Standing Committee on the Feed Chain and Food Safety at the level of the EU Commission on the so-called “technical solution“ for traces of not yet approved genetically modified organisms (GMO). The decision regulates the analyses and sampling procedures to be applied for the evaluation of not quantifiable traces: “After more than 2 years of discussion, there is now finally an analytical definition of the “zero” level, which continues to be requested from a political point of view. Test results on GMO traces can now be interpreted more accurately and are reproducible. This measure should safeguard vital supplies of new crop protein feeds from South America to our EU livestock industry”.

FEFAC opposes the view that the “technical solution“ means a weakening of the principle of the so-called zero tolerance for GMO. The decision is first and foremost an important step towards more legal security. “Until now, the burden of proof of systematic or accidental differences between laboratories or analytical methods as well as mistakes in sampling or sample treatment exclusively rested on the feed chain”.

“At least this situation should change now”, said the FEFAC President. The complete separation of non-approved GM varieties in the supply chain dominated by bulk-handling for feed materials, is practically impossible, even if these varieties are cultivated in very low quantities in the producing countries. The logistical burden for the feed sector to respect the new legislation will remain a major challenge for the feed sector which would require, in the medium and long term, a more comprehensive solution in form of a real Low-level presence threshold.