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Greenpeace petition handed over to EU

Today, Greenpeace handed over 1 million signatures to Markos Kyprianou, the European commissioner for Health.

With this petition, citizens from 21 of 27 EU member states are demanding that milk, meat and eggs are being labelled when they are derived from animals that ate feed contaning genetically modified ingredients.

Labelling rule not for animal products
As of 18 April 2004, it is compulsory that supermarket chains label their products if they contain genetically modified ingredients. However, this rule does not account for animal products such as milk, meat and eggs. According to Greenpeace, the European Commission needs to put this issue on its agenda to make it easier for consumers to choose products that are free from these ingredients.

Look into the matter again
Environmental groups have campaigned hard in recent years to get the EU to ban the use of genetically modified crops, which they argue are dangerous to human health."The petition is a strong view on the part of European citizens. Of course we will look into the matter again," Kyprianou commented.

External links:
European Commission for Health

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