The European Commission has reportedly adopted rules to allow imported feed to contain up to 0.1 percent unauthorized genetically modified (GM) material, a limit that reflects the lowest level of GM presence considered by the EU GMO Reference Laboratory when validating detection methods. According to the draft regulation submitted in February 2011 by the Standing Committee on the Food Chain and Animal Health, the new rules would apply only to GM feed material “authorized for commercialization in a third country and for which an authorization procedure is pending in the EU or of which the EU authorization has expired.” Under these rules, “feed will be considered noncompliant with EU legislation when the presence of this GM feed material is, after due consideration of the margin of error, above the technical zero.”

The Commission evidently passed the regulations to address “the current uncertainty EU operators face when placing on the market feed products imported from third countries.” Additional details about the proposal appear in Issue 383 of this Update. See Reuters, June 24, 2011.