Regulations extending the legal use of GMO animal feed in Poland to 2021 came into force on January 1, Poland’s PAP news agency reported.
A ban on genetically modified feed was first written into law in 2006. However, the deadline for enacting the measure was delayed several times due to the domestic market’s inability to supply enough protein to feed livestock.
Poland’s feed imports chiefly comprise genetically engineered soybean meal from South America and the United States. Poland wants to tap into domestic high-protein sources to supply half the domestic demand by 2024.
In October 2015, the European Parliament's environment committee rejected a proposal to allow individual member states to ban trade in and use of biotech food and animal feed, citing the EU's free movement of goods principle.