Ireland faces up to €40m of extra costs unless the EU decision to reject imports of genetically modified Herculex maize can be reversed. Irish Grain and Feed Association Director Deirdre Webb asked the Minister to ensure Ireland plays a lead role in reversing the decision.
Forces to replace
supplies of GM-free maize by-products are not available elsewhere, the Irish
feed industry will be forced to source 800,000 tonnes of replacement products at
an additional cost of up to €40m. This will have a serious effect on animal feed
prices and on the competitiveness of livestock products on our major export
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