NEW DELHI: While the introduction of GM crops in the country continues to be a fiery topic, some companies have approached the government seeking permission to clear the import of GM feed for animals.
The Ministry of Environment and Forest Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) is considering proposals from four companies which want to import GM feed from China, Brazil, Argentina, Vietnam, Singapore, Malaysia and US.
After considering the proposal, the Member Secretary, GEAC informed that comments of the experts on the proposal are still awaited.
“The GEAC also was of the view that besides the comments from experts, comments of Department of Animal Husbandry and FSSAI may be obtained regarding the export/import of GM feed. Comments from other experts may be followed-up. Decision on the proposal was deferred,” said the minutes of the meeting.
Experts are also concerned over the possibility of clearing GM feed, saying animals were part of the human food chain and, thus, it could have adverse results. The proposal was sent by M/S Suguna Foods requesting for import of GM Soybean.