EU Ministers have voted in favour of lifting the zero tolerance policy on unapproved GMs in animal feed. The move comes following a Committsion proposal to allow a low level of tolerance in feed, amid fears the current policy was threatening to leave farmers running short on imported feed.
Under the new rules, the Commission plans to allow 0.1% tolerance of non-approved GMs.
A spokesperson for NFU Scotland said: "Until now Europe's zero tolerance approach had restricted feed imports from countries where non-EU approved GM crops were widely grown - most notably in North and South America. Given that Europe needs to import almost 80% of its protein requirements for livestock from these countries it is no wonder UK farming unions have campaigned for years to introduce a low level of tolerance."
The vote triggered an immediate reaction from the aniti-GM lobby, which claimed Ministers had given in to the 'exaggerated' claims made by the food industry that without a level of tolerance, farmers would face serious feed shortages.