UK’s Meat Industry reacts cautiously to Gene Editing Bill
The British meat industry (BMPA) has given a lukewarm reaction to new legislation that would reduce red tape and encourage the development of new technologies that support precision breeding of livestock with enhanced disease resistance and, potentially, improved animal welfare.
The aim is that this will stimulate economic growth and attract investment in agricultural research and development, allowing for the creation of precise bred plants and animals.
The Genetic Technology (Precision Breeding) Bill, according to a government statement, will also aim to reduce existing roadblocks to genetic engineering research.
However, the British Meat Processors Association (BMPA) has cautioned about the planned legislation, warning that if the UK wishes to continue trading internationally, traceability must be considered.
Next month, the government will release a White Paper in response to Henry Dimbleby’s National Food Strategy.
The report is expected to address food security and it’s been reported that officials are considering setting minimum targets for domestic food production in order to safeguard the country’s food security.
The bill will be read a second time in early June, with the committee hearing taking place later that month or in early July.
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