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Genetically Modified Organisms: Animal Feed

Volume 472: debated on Wednesday 20 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Health what research he has (a) commissioned and (b) evaluated on future supplies of GM free protein ingredients for animal feed. (186463)

The Food Standards Agency (FSA) is responsible for the safety of feed material and feed products that enter the food chain and does not therefore undertake research concerning the future supply of particular feed (or food) commodities. Materials derived from genetically-modified organisms (GMOs) cannot be used or marketed as feed or food unless the GMO in question has been assessed as being safe, and has been specifically authorised by the European Union under the relevant legislation. The FSA has commissioned, and is funding, research which underpins the safety assessment of GM food and feed.