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Genetically Modified Soya

Volume 400: debated on Tuesday 25 February 2003

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To ask the Secretary of State for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs how much (a) processed food and (b) soya milk, containing genetically modified soya grown in the USA, was consumed in the UK in the last year for which figures are available; and if she will make a statement. [98359]

[holding answer 24 February 2003]: Official figures on the levels of (a) processed food and (b) soya milk, containing genetically modified soya, grown in the USA and consumed in the UK are not available.The following table shows UK imports of

(i) unprocessed foods, (ii) lightly processed foods (goods that retain their raw recognisable form, such as meat, cheese and butter, powdered milk, flour, sugar etc.) and (iii) highly processed foods (goods such as confectionery, canned meats, jams, alcoholic drinks, ice cream etc.) from the USA in 2001.

Degree of processing

Tonnes

Unprocessed702,978
Lightly processed404,537
Highly processed1,246,311

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Source:

HM Customs and Excise

Data prepared by Statistics (Commodities & Food) Accounts and Trade, ESD, DEFRA