GM feed to be introduced to Finnish pig farms
It is expected that domestically produced pork from
pigs raised on genetically modified soybeans will begin arriving in Finnish
stores in the autumn.
LSO Foods, which supplies meat to the HK Ruokatalo and Järvi Suomen Portti
meat wholesalers, announced already in July that it will begin deliveries of
imported GM soybean feed to its pork farmers later in the year.
Another company planning to introduce
genetically modified feed is HK's competitor Atria; CEO Matti Tikkakoski says
that financial pressures are forcing it to make the move.
Although Atria's contract farmersare still using
traditional feeds, Tikkakoski says that the company will soon begin importing
the genetically-modified product.
He says that non-modified feed
will soon be both prohibitively expensive, and difficult to get.
Tikkakoski does not believe that it will be possible to deliver
separate kinds of pork products to food stores - those raised on GM feeds, and
those from pigs that were fed unaltered types.
He says that when they
are imported from around the world, the different types of beans are bound to
get mixed up at some point.
organisations have criticised the use of genetically modified material in animal
The Finnish League for Nature Protection is calling for
mandatory labelling on packaging to reveal whether or not GM feed was used in
the production of meat.
â€¢ LSO Foods (in Finnish)
â€¢ Finnish League for
â€¢ Järvi Suomen Portti (in Finnish)
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