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UK's largest poultry producer goes non-GM

UK's largest poultry producer goes non-GM


Press Release from Grampian Country foods –

FEBRUARY 2nd 2001

Grampian Country Food Group announced today that it is to begin
manufacturing all of its poultry and pig feed with non-GM soya by
June 2001.

This decision has been taken in the light of requests by several of
our retail customers to remove GM soya from our animal feeds.

Commenting on this announcement Alban Denton, Grampain's
Feeds
Division Managing Director said "We have been in negotiations with
our
supply base for some time to source the volume of non-GM soya
we
require for our five feed mills. With the support of our retail
partners we are now in a position to offer a non-GM poultry and pig
feed with the guarnatee that it has been sourced from a hard ip
scheme. Consumers will have the confidence that the livestock fed
by
Grampian will consume a non-GM diet."

By making this decision Grampian Country Food Group is the first major
UK animal feed manufaturer to produce non-GM animal feed in all its
mills in response to both our consumers and retailer requests.

Where feed is sourced from third party supplies Grampian will
co-operate closely with these farmers and feed compounders to assist
them in sourcing non-GM soya to the same exacting standards.


Information : Alisdair Cox, Group Corporate Marketing Manager,
Grampian Country Foods. Tel 01224 696113

Supplemetary Notes

* Grampian Country Food Group produces 3.8 million chickens, 24,500
pigs a week. To support these activities the Feed Milling Division
produces 20,000 tonnes of compound poultry and pig feed per week.
* Hard IP Non-GM soya : Grampian Country Food Group have procedures in
place throughout the supply chain to form a rigorous quality
assurance scheme, ensuring identity preservation. These detailed
procedures are backed up with PCR tests, any positive results would
lead to rejection from Grampian's supply chain. The whole process is
independently validated by an accredited auditing company.

ENDS


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