Lobby group highlights GM feed in pork
In the UK, most pork, milk and dairy products are
produced from animals that have been fed on genetically modified (GM) crops.
These products are not labelled.
Such is the conclusion of a study by the Soil Association, an organic lobby
group and the certification organisation for organic food and farming.
New scientific evidence, revealed in the
report, indicates that small amounts of GM DNA end up in the animal tissues and
milk of GM-fed pigs and other animals. "This is contrary to assurances by the
Food Standards Association," says the report. The effects of such GM DNA are
alarming - "lesions in the gut, unexplained deaths and stunted offspring
60% of the maize and 30% of the soya used in feed by pig and dairy farmers
originates from GM crops - the study found. In addition, it highlighted the fact
that most supermarkets are permitting the use of GM feed in their meat supplies.
"None of this food is labelled correctly as genetically modified due to a
loophole in the law," the association commented.
Pressure may be put on supermarkets to
pursue an anti-GM policy, which, in turn could force pork and dairy processors
to enforce a track-and-trace system for their meat.
The UK retailer Marks & Spencer is purported to be "ahead of the rest"
due to its policy of only sourcing its fresh meat and milk from non-GM fed
The Soil Association is calling for public action to prevent the use of GM in
â€¢ Soil Association
â€¢ Food Standards Association
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