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Sinn Féin give guarded welcome to EU rules on GM

16 April, 2004

Sinn Féin Spokesperson on Agriculture, Martin Ferris TD, has given a guarded welcome to the new rules on the labelling of GM products that come into effect on Sunday. The regulations require that all food produce with a genetically modified content of more than 0.9% will have to indicate this on packaging.

Deputy Ferris said:

"I welcome the introduction of these new regulations as a means to identify those products that currently contain GMOs above a certain level, allowing consumers the option to avoid them, as most consumers have indicated that they wish to. On the other hand, Sinn Féin, along with others, have previously argued that the level at which GM content must be indicated should have been made lower.

"I would also be concerned that this would not be seen as a further step in the campaign to make GM acceptable within the EU or to open up member states to GM food products, seeds and crops.

It should not be taken as a sufficient safeguard to lift the current moratorium on new authorisations, and we will continue to argue against the lifting of embargoes, and for the declaration of the island of Ireland as a GM free zone."ENDS

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