Fachbereich Veterinärmedizin



    Surveying selected European feed and livestock production chains for features enabling the case-specific post-market monitoring of livestock for intake and potential health impacts of animal feeds derived from genetically modified crops (2017)

    Zeitschriftenartikel / wissenschaftlicher Beitrag
    Kleter, Gijs
    McFarland, Sarah (WE 3)
    Bach, Alex
    Bernabucci, Umberto
    Bikker, Paul
    Busani, Luca
    Kok, Esther
    Kostov, Kaloyan
    Nadal, Anna
    Pla, Maria
    Ronchi, Bruno
    Terre, Marta
    Einspanier, Ralf (WE 3)
    Food and chemical toxicology — S. 1
    ISSN: 0278-6915
    URL (Volltext): http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.fct.2017.10.004
    DOI: 10.1016/j.fct.2017.10.004
    Pubmed: 28993215
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    Abstract / Zusammenfassung

    This review, which has been prepared within the frame of the European Union (EU)-funded project MARLON,
    surveys the organisation and characteristics of specific livestock and feed production chains (conventional, organic,
    GM-free) within the EU, with an emphasis on controls, regulations, traceability, and common production
    practices. Furthermore, an overview of the origin of animal feed used in the EU as well as an examination of the
    use of genetically modified organisms (GMOs) in feed is provided. From the data, it shows that livestock is
    traceable at the herd or individual level, depending on the species. Husbandry practices can vary widely according
    to geography and animal species, whilst controls and checks are in place for notifiable diseases and
    general health symptoms (such as mortality, disease, productive performance). For feeds, it would be possible
    only to make coarse estimates, at best, for the amount of GM feed ingredients that an animal is exposed to.
    Labeling requirements are apparently correctly followed. Provided that confounding factors are taken into account,
    practices such as organic agriculture that explicitly involve the use of non-GM feeds could be used for
    comparison to those involving the use of GM feed.