HL Deb 21 April 1999 vol 599 c163WA
Lord Swinfen

asked Her Majesty's Government:

Further to the Written Answer by Lord Donoughue on 23 March (WA 155–156), what plans they have to label food containing genetically modified soya or maize for animal consumption, particularly where those animals or their products (for example, eggs or milk) enter or may potentially enter the food chain. [HL1748]

Lord Donoughue

We recognise that purchasers have a right to know whether animal feed contains material from genetically modified crops such as soya and maize. This will be the case where the soya, maize and their by-products are imported from countries where GM varieties are grown and not subsequently segregated.

The UK Government are pressing the Commission to submit to the Council its proposed regulation on novel animal feeds or, in its absence, specific labelling rules which would indicate the presence of GM materials in a fair and consistent way throughout the European Union. In so doing we recognise that there is no evidence that meat, milk and eggs for the consumer could contain genetic material from GM components in animal feed.