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We believe that GMOs should not be released into the environment. uk GM material in animal feed Information from the Food Standards Agnecy B efore a GMO can either be grown or marketed in the EU, it must be granted a marketing consent under EC legislation – previously EC Directive 2001/18 on the deliberate release into the environment of GMOs, and now EC Regulation 1829/2003 laying down the authorisation procedures for GM food and feed. This procedure applies to both living GMOs such as cereal grains, and to animal feed ingredients that are obtained by processing GM crops.
The incident occurred right in the middle of the Defra consultation on coexistence of GM, non-GM and organic crops and helps to highlight one of the many reasons why the concept of coexistence is a myth that will not protect our food supplies from GM contamination. It also highlights the difficulties we face in monitoring what is in our food that we might not be looking for. Enforcement authorities across the EU were hampered by the lack of direct test materials for LL601 rice – Bayer only supplied this to a handful of labs.
27 © Crown copyright Back to Contents Page A Farmer quits GM trial after phone threats Derbyshire farmer has pulled out of a GM crop trial due in the new year, citing fears for his personal safety. The German plant science company BASF confirmed it was looking for a new site to conduct a trial of GM potatoes after the unnamed farmer in Draycott, Derbyshire, withdrew yesterday. He is believed to have received anonymous phone calls about his involvement in the trials. The company was granted permission this month to plant GM potatoes at two single-hectare test sites in Derbyshire and at the National Institute for Agricultural Botany in Cambridge.