EU Approval of GM Feeds Welcomed by US Growers

US - Feed ingredient suppliers have welcomed recent EU approvals of genetically modified (GM) raw materials, such as maize.
calendar icon 11 December 2009
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The recent approval of a number of biotech corn varieties in the European Union (EU) is a step in the right direction for a resumption of trade in US feed ingredients such as distillers dried grains with solubles (DDGS) and corn gluten feed for the current marketing year, according to the US Grains Council USGC).

These events include YieldGard VT ProTM (MON 89034) and YieldGard VT Rootworm/RR2® (MON 88017), both developed by Council member Monsanto Company; and Agrisure RW (MIR 604), developed by Council member Syngenta.

Each of these events have been authorized as safe for food and feed use by the European Food Safety Authority and the European Commission.

Gary Schmalshof, USGC Biotechnology Advisory Team leader, said: "Time after time, the Council's DDGS and corn gluten feeding trials have proven to provide significant input cost savings. These approvals will allow the EU feed industry to have more choices with regard to feed ingredients, which directly impacts their bottom lines."

While these approvals are a positive step, the EU's zero tolerance of unapproved varieties will continue to provide a significant market challenge.

Rebecca Fecitt, USGC director of biotechnology programmes, commented: "The EU needs to make progress in its regulatory processes in order to provide a long-term, permanent solution to issues of timeliness of biotech approvals and tolerances for low-level presence of unapproved varieties that meet internationally–adopted guidelines. We are optimistic these approvals are a step in the right direction and we will continue to work with European Union on this important issue."

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