Illegal animal feed impounded
The Department of Agriculture in Ireland has impounded
7,000 tonnes of US animal feed at Dublin port, following the discovery that the
feed contained illegal GM maize: Herculex Rw.
The Department hopes to recover the remainder of the cargo (sampled by
Greenpeace in Rotterdam, the Netherlands). The material is found to contain GM
material not authorised in the EU, though legal in the US.
In Ireland, the
cargo (6,000 tonnes of corn gluten feed and 6,200 tonnes of distillers' dried
grain) was discharged at Dublin port in early April from the MV Pakrac.
The feed was certified as not containing GM Herculex Rw maize product,
according to the department. However, information was then received in May from
the Dutch authorities that official samples showed the maize tested positive for
Herculex Rw. These results were confirmed by the State laboratory for
"While some of the material has already been incorporated into the
animal feed chain, it is unlikely, based on the European Food Safety Authority
evaluation, to have any adverse effects on human or animal health or the
environment," said the Department.
"In accordance with requirements under EU legislation, the department
will ensure that none of the material currently under restriction will enter the
food chain," it said.
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