Europe's Leading Dog Food Producer To Avoid Genetically-Manipulated Ingredients
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Leading European dog food maker eschews GM
France, September 16
PARIS - Europe's leading dry dog food producer, Royal Canin, vowed
yesterday not to include genetically modified (GM) ingredients in any of its
pet food lines.
The decision by the Paris-based firm comes after British pet food producer
Pascoe's Group Plc launched the country's first wholly organic, non-GM dog
food line last month.
It also comes amid a looming trade war as European consumers, concerned
about the safety of foods derived from GM crops, reject genetically modified
products many of which are imported from the United States.
"While we await authoritative scientific clarification, and while faithful
to our values of respect for dogs and cats, Royal Canin wishes to guarantee
the highest level of quality and security for its product range," the company
said in a statement.
It said the policy, long implemented in its most nutritious pet food lines,
would be applied to production at its three European plants. The company is
also weighing extending it as soon as possible to its factories in Brazil,
Argentina and the United States.