FAO survey shows 25 countries blocked imports after finding traces of GMOs
13 March 2014, Rome – There is a steady increase in incidents where low levels of GM crops are being detected in traded food and feed, FAO has said today. It is noted that this can be attributed to the increased production of genetically modified crops (GMOs) around the globe. According to FAO, the trace amounts of GM crops become mixed with non-GM food and feed crops as a result of accidents occurring during field production - for example, a field trial of a GM crop grown near a field of a non-GM crop. This could also by attributed to the processing, packing, storage and transportation stages of production and distribution. The incidents have led to trade disruptions between countries, where shipments of grain, cereal and other crops have been either blocked by importing countries, destroyed or returned to the country of origin.
Sarah Cahill is a Food Safety Officer at FAO. In the following interview she provides an overview of the issue and elaborates on concerns regarding international trade and international agreements defining and quantifying the term “low level” in the context of GMO detection.
Produced by: Sandra Ferrari