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Germany will fight to keep total GM food ban

The Local · 11 Jun 2012, 16:57

Published: 11 Jun 2012 16:57 GMT+02:00

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Currently, all food containing plant matter faces rigorous testing to make sure there is nothing that has been genetically modified – before it enters Germany.

But the European Commission wants to change the rules so that food with traces of genetically modified ingredients would be allowed through, and could crop up in German shops, the Süddeutsche Zeitung newspaper reported on Monday.

The Commission says the zero-tolerance approach is too inflexible and no longer sustainable. Even a dirty storage box could cause food to fail the GM-test.

But Consumer Minister Ilse Aigner of the Christian Democratic Party says the potential changes could make it harder for shoppers to make informed decisions about what they are buying and whether it is 100 percent GM-free.

Both EU Consumer Commissioner John Dalli and Germany's leading association of the food industry (BLL) disagree, saying they would welcome the “logical” change.

The BLL said guaranteeing that food was absolutely free from GM ingredients was no longer possible, due to the way the market was operating.

In 2011 the zero-tolerance policy was expanded to include animal feed, but a lobby group for the animal feed sector has warned that if it too is not relaxed, farmers could face problems giving their stock enough food.

The agriculture ministry has not confirmed this would be the case though, the Süddeutsche Zeitung said.

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Aigner would not only face opposition from the country's food sector groups if she continues her campaign, but also from junior coalition partner the Free Democratic Party, which is in favour of relaxing standards.

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11:25 June 15, 2012 by Thekla
The GM food ban is one of the best things Germany has done. I hope they can keep it.
20:15 June 23, 2012 by persi26
I believe that there is lot of GM food in German markets... otherwise it is so difficult for a country which has no soil to grow vegetables/fruits/grains ... eventhough everything is available... most of food in germany is imported form countries produce very high efficient land/crop (high efficient meaning: capable of producing 5 to 10 times more productive than normal).. it cannot be achievable without Genetic modification...

but the govt. doesn't want people (and world) to know we allow it otherwise there is rage out there... we have to accept this truth...

so.. next time you see so called 'fresh' bananas (actually grown during shipment form brazil, not in land of brazil).. dont be surprise...!

you dont see such so called fresh clean babanas in brzil itself ... :)
11:46 July 25, 2012 by Sastry.M
Genetically Modified food by human Synthesis for higher yield cannot supplant Divine created natural harmonious coding.of food products. Although pioneers in all inventory of synthetic stuffs, the Germans themselves are great natural lovers and their ban on GM food is fraught with suspicion of disastrous consequences on long term usage which is of least concern to business growth.
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