I’ll Take Two GMO-Eggs, and a Side of GMO-Bacon

If cows and chickens gobble up genetically modified feed, does that mean the meat and eggs derived from these creatures should be stamped with a ‘GMO’ label? According to a Reuters article today, Europe’s food safety chief is looking into this quandary.

Here’s how the issue currently stands in the EU:

The European Union has thresholds for how much GMO material may be present in foods and animal feed before being labeled as biotech. But those rules, which came into force in 2004, do not apply to meat and dairy products coming from a GMO-fed animal.


For green groups opposed to biotechnology, this exemption is a glaring hole in the EU’s labyrinthine laws on GMO foods. For the biotech and animal feed industry, on the other hand, it would be unthinkable and unacceptable to change the status quo.

We’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, for those of you wondering where all of that GMO feed comes from—the bulk of it is imported from the U.S. “where GMO crops are common through the crop supply chain,” according to the article.

The Brits gave us The Office; we give them GMO animal feed. Seems like a fair trade.