Food and grain companies are demanding permission for
small amounts of genetically modified material to be
allowed in EU markets.
Reuters reports that a six-strong group of food and feed
manufacturers ? including main EU food and drink
representative CIAA ? claim the EU's "zero tolerance"
stance is damaging to the food and feed sectors.
A study by the group said the food sector was suffering
from increasing costs and reliance on imports, and legal
Reuters reports that Europe's food safety head has
promised to draft a proposal to allow less than one per
cent of unauthorised GM material in foods such as rice
The EU forbids the accidental presence of unauthorised
GM material approved in GM crop-growing countries such
as the US.
This has led to rice and grain being impounded at EU
ports, disrupting trade flows, according to the news
Italian minister Adolfo Urso recently urged to EU to
increase research on genetically modified organisms.