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EUROPE: UK'S TESCO TO SELL GM-FED POULTRY PRODUCTS

Date : 17 April 2013

"Over recent weeks our UK poultry suppliers have told us that it is increasingly difficult to guarantee that the feed they use is entirely GM-free," said TESCO, a popular grocery chain in the UK. " In common with other major retailers, we have decided to allow our poultry and egg farmers to use GM soya in animal feed. This will help support a strong and sustainable British poultry industry."

In a company press release, TESCO mentioned two reasons for their decision: First, there is not enough non-GM feed available since farmers globally have opted to plant modified soya as it is more resistant to certain pests and diseases. Second, the new DNA testing regime has identified that the risk of finding GM material in non-GM feed is increasing.

TESCO also assured the public that their change in policy "will not have any impact on the quality or tastes of the food and, most importantly, it will have no effect on health. As a food retailer, nothing is more important to us than the safety of the food we sell. Genetic modification affects only the plant which undergoes the process."