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EU Bans U.S. Animal Feed Imports

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An emergency ban has been placed on U.S. animal feed imports by the European Union.

The imports must be proven not to contain illegal genetically modified maize to get past the ban.

A Reuters article says:

“The United States, which has challenged EU biotech policy at the World Trade Organization, called the move an over-reaction.

From next week, U.S. exports to Europe of corn gluten feed and brewers grains, a by-product of ethanol, must be certified by an internationally-accredited laboratory to show there is no presence of Bt-10 maize, a GMO that is not authorized in Europe.

These measures will be reviewed at the end of October. U.S. exporters send 3.5 million tons of corn gluten feed to Europe each year, a trade worth some 350 million euros ($449 million).”

EU Health and Consumer Protection Commissioner Markos Kyprianou says,”Imports of maize products which are certified as free of Bt-10 will be able to continue, but at the same time we cannot and will not allow a GMO which has not gone through our rigorous authorization procedures to enter the EU market.”

U.S. officials see the EU’s move as an over-reaction.

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