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Antilla Demands Labelling of GMO Feed

Minister of Agriculture Sirkka-Liisa Antilla hopes meat manufacturers and processors using genetically modified feed would voluntarily indicate this on their products.

She said the preservation of consumer confidence in Finnish foodstuffs was essential.

The Minister added consumers had the right to know what they purchased and put into their food. She was speaking in Vihti on Sunday.

GMO soy is widely used as feed throughout the EU and can be legally imported to Finland. However, legislation does not require meat processors to indicate their products are genetically modified.

The meat industry believes GMO soy will dominate the market within a couple of years. Both the Finnish Food and Drink Industries' Federation and its subsidiary The Finnish Meat Board have taken a positive stance on the use of GMO soy in production.

The temptation to give animals GMO soy as feed is strong as it is much cheaper than other feeds.

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